Snapshot, 1960: ‘Il Commendatore’ stands his ground

“The horse doesn’t push the cart along with its nose.” Those were the famous last words of Enzo Ferrari at the end of last year’s racing season, as Formula 1 would be forever changed on 4 September 1960 — the last day on which a front-engined car would win a world championship race…

If only Enzo knew then, when he uttered that sentence just mere months ago, that he’d be standing here today over-looking the test of Ferrari’s first “rear-engined” car (although, technically mid-engined, as the heart of the car was placed in front of the rear axle). Enzo’s scepticism is palpable, and engineer Carlo Chiti knows he has an enormous amount of convincing ahead of him, later revealing, “[Enzo] wouldn’t hear of a single-seater with a rear engine. He believed that this would be a betrayal of the whole technical philosophy of his company. He kept telling me: ‘Do anything you like to get a victory with a traditional car, because that's where Ferrari's destiny lies. Our touring cars have front engines, and our customers will never agree to buy cars designed differently from the ones with which we race.’” Probably best not to gloat too much around ‘Il Commendatore’, Carlo…

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