For the 1971 season Ferrari designer Mauro Forghieri refined the 312B, used in 1970, with a distinctly wedge-shaped chassis. New 312B2 also got updated flat-12 engine and innovative rear suspension. This had its coil-springs and damper units mounted inboard and almost horizontally across the back of the car. Scuderia entered three-drivers team for the 1971 season: permanent drivers Clay Regazzoni and Jacky Ickx were teamed up with part-time pilot Mario Andretti, who continued his career in Indy cars in the USAC Championships. Mario won the first round of the FIA Championships in Kyalami driving old 312B car. Then Clay Regazzoni gave the 312B a superb debut by winning the Race of Champions in March. But B2 suffered with handling problems: the combination of the rear suspension and the new Firestone tyres gave severe vibrations when driven close to the limit. The car debuted in the Championship only at the third round in Monaco, followed by the Dutch Grand Prix success for Ickx. But throughout the rest of the season 312B2 continue to fight with the disappointing handling problems and even was replaced back to 312B for the couple of the last rounds. Victory of Jacky Ickx in Zandvoort was the only win of 312B2 in the 1971 Championship. The scale model of the Dutch GP car by IXO is from Fabbri / RBA / Del Prado Ferrari Collection.
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