Daytona

Not quite the same thing:

Daytona , is about the Ferrari 365 GTB 4 Daytona, in which he sings about the car metaphorically, with the engine and tyre noise from the car ringing out toward the end of the song.

The Daytona is the epitome of a supercar, with its styling, potent V12 performance and bad boy aura that has made it star on the track, in films and on TV. It may be about 40 years, but the Ferrari Daytona stands out even in the world of supercars.

Officially named the Ferrari 365 GTB 4, the Ferrari Daytona was launched at the 1968 Paris Motor Show and its design by Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina was a radical change for Ferrari, with its sharp edge lines, flowing shape and blended lights and bumpers placing it at the cutting edge of car design.

Fioravanti was inspired to produce the Daytona after seeing a bare Ferrari 330 GTC chassis. The official name comes from capacity of one cylinder 365cc and the 4′ represents the four camshafts atop the V12 engine.

The unofficial Daytona name arose from its unofficial designation during its
development, to commemorate the triple success of Ferrari in the 1967 Daytona 24 hour race with the Ferrari 330P4. The Daytona raced at Daytona with its best result being in a 1973 24 hour race when a car entered by NART finished second overall, driven by Francois Migault and Milt Minter.

The same year two Daytona’s finished in the top 10 at Le Mans. With its front mounted 259kW 4390cc V12 engine and relative light weight of just 1200kg, the Ferrari Daytona offered performance, which even today places it in the supercar acket, and for many years held the title of fastest car tested for many motoring magazines.

The engine, known as the Tipo 251, was a classic 60 degree V12 with double overhead camshafts and featured six Weber twin carburetors and provided the Daytona with a 280km h top speed. It blasted its way to 100km h in just 5.4 seconds.

The Daytona was officially the world’s fastest road legal car from 1968 to 1970 with an independently tested top speed of 175mph or 281km h by UK magazine, Auto car, and enough to see off its nearby rival, the Lamborghini Miura.

Of the 1406 Daytona’s produced by Ferrari, just 158 were made in right hand drive, while the rare Spyder, produced by Scaglietti, had a total production run of 122, with just seven in right hand drive. In addition, some 15 Daytona’s were built as racing cars.

The Ferrari Daytona’s bad boy image was cemented in 1971 when racing legend Dan Gurney and Car and Driver editor Brock Yates drove a Sunoco Blue Daytona from New York to Los Angeles in the inaugural Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash.

The Daytona covered the 4628km in 35 hours 54 minutes at an average speed, including stops, of 129km h. The drivers claim to have crossed the back roads of Arizona at a steady 290km h, reporting the Daytona to be rock steady.

5 comments for “Daytona

  1. Mark Matis
    February 17, 2020 at 02:53

    Notice that they clearly stayed BELOW the yellow line and did not get up on the banks!

    • February 17, 2020 at 06:32

      To stay up on the banks you need to be doing 70 mph+. The ‘Beast’ weighs several tons more than the average racing vehicle and while it may well do 70 it may take longer than they do to slow it down again. You would not want it ploughing through the field from the rear, now would you. (Unless of course you were seeking a metaphor for cleaning out the deep state)

      • February 17, 2020 at 06:50

        Think Mark might be aware of that, living not far from there. 🙂

        This sort of stunt is brilliant, he’d have to make a major error now not to be returned. Has he brought Reince back into negotiations?

  2. Chuckles
    February 17, 2020 at 14:00

    “Daytona , is about the Ferrari 365 GTB 4 Daytona,”

    Down in these here parts, Daytona is about the Daytona 500, not some wimpy 2-seater from Italy.

    • February 17, 2020 at 14:08

      Still chuckling at the Donald buzzing the speedway.

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