Tinkle Tinkle little star, how I wonder what you are!
Does it ring a bell? Neither to us. Ferrari 512 S Modulo Concept never really showed up after it’s introduction in 1970 Geneva Motor Show. It is oddly beautiful yet forgotten.
The Concorso d’Eleganza vintage car show at Villa d’Este, Italy, has been one of the most the most awaited show for the auto beasts. Ferrari 512 S Modulo concept comes back to life at Villa d’Este.
For the 2019 event a concept from the Wedge Era showed up to conquer the hearts of .the masses. The Modulo concept is a freak in terms of design.The UFO-like styling, concealed wheels, front-sliding cockpit, and quirky wedge shape should be enough to remind you how radical automotive design was back then, to the point that this car has won design 22 awards. It is definitely a sight for sore eyes sending onlookers and photographers scrambling (and falling in one case) to gaze upon its extraterrestrial looks as the concept car makes its way around the hotel grounds.
It’s owner automobile enthusiast James Glickenhaus bought the car in 2014 from Pininfarina, with the intention to restore the outlandish vehicle back to full operation and succeeded in doing so, if not for him the Ferrari Modulo would have never hit the road.
It squared off with the Lancia Stratos HF Zero at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show for title of the ultimate wedge. The Modulo had an emphatic triumph, eventually bagging up 22 awards thanks to the design work done by Paolo Martin of Pininfarina. Martin took the guts of a Ferrari 512 S Group 5 factory race car and added the distinct styling you see here to create the ultimate Geneva-bound show stopper.
in this video, it looks like the car is in full working condition with it’s engine to be on full swing. The Modulo is powered by a 550 horsepower (410 kilowatts), massive mid-mounted 5.0-liter V-12 engine, which is responsible for that hair-raising rumble erupting from the quad exhaust.
The Modulo has an extremely low and wedge-shaped body, with a canopy-style glass roof that slides forward to permit entry to the cabin of the car. All four wheels are partly covered. Another special feature of the design are 24 holes in the engine cover that reveal the Ferrari V12 engine which develops 550 hp (410 kW) to propel the Modulo to a top speed of 220 mph (354 km/h) and from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.1 seconds.
Although the Ferrari Modulo looks like it belongs on a 1970s poster of what rich people on Mars would drive rather than in a classic Italian car show. We still do not know if the Ferrari Modulo would be street legal but seeing this unicorn out and about is something car spotters won’t soon forget.