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The Ferrari 250 Prototype (250 P) was a Le Mans Prototype (LMP) sports car that competed in the 1963 year of sports car racing. It was the first Ferrari LMP, out of more than 10.

The car achieved great success winning the 24 Hour of Le Mans, 12 Hours of Sebring, and The 1000 km of Nurburgring.

History

Founder Enzo Ferrari rarely produced an innovative, or unique, groundbreaking car. He and his company usually followed gradual evolution, although those type of racecars were fast and reliable, as this was shown when Ferrari won the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans. However, since many manufacturers had switched to a mid-engine configuration including Ferrari (In Formula One) and small engined sports racers, some innovation needed to be done for Ferrari.

So in 1963, Ferrari introduced the first sports racer to feature a mid-mounted V12 engine. The engine produced about 310 bhp or 231 kW and Its top speed which was very fast at the time. This proved to be a great product as the 250 P dominated the year winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 12 Hours of Sebring, and the 1000 km of Nurburing.