In 1962 Giotto Bizzarrini was commissioned by Ferruccio Lamborghini to design and build a 3.5 litre V12 for his 350GT sports car. The specification called for a road car engine, but what Bizzarrini produced was a pure bred, dry sumped race engine producing 359bhp at 9800rpm.
Lamborghini was furious and demanded the engine be redesigned, detuned and wet sumped. He withheld payment and the 350GTV prototype was shown at the 1963 Turin show without an engine, the press being denied a view of the engine bay. Legend has it the car was loaded with 500lbs of bricks in place of the missing power plant!
In the end, the engine would evolve from the 3.5L 280hp of the 350GT, through the Muira, Espada, Countach and Diablo, to the 6.5L 670hp Murcielago LP-670-SV 48 years later.
Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy.