Even today, the 1970 Ferrari 512 S Modulo continues to capture attention. This exquisite wedge-shaped supercar is a rare sight, more elusive than spotting a unicorn or Bigfoot. However, its purpose is solely to inspire. Although Ferrari never intended to manufacture the 512 S Modulo, it paved the way for the wedge-shaped Ferraris of the 1970s and early 80s.
The car first made its appearance at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show, where Pininfarina showcased it as their answer to Bertone’s Lancia Stratos Zero, the concept that later inspired the production Stratos rally car. Apparently, the Ferrari 512 S Modulo won 22 international design awards, cementing its status as the undisputed “king of wedges.”
Paolo Martin was the designer behind the Ferrari 512 S Modulo, a groundbreaking vehicle with an ultra-low wedge-shaped body that partially covers the wheels. The 512 S Modulo stands out for its unconventional entry points; instead of traditional doors, it features a fighter jet-inspired canopy-style glass roof that smoothly slides forward to allow access.
Beneath the car’s sleek wedge design lies a Ferrari 512 S Group 5 racing car. Ferrari only produced 25 examples of the 512 S for their Scuderia racing team. However, they provided Pininfarina with a spare chassis, which they used to create this one-of-a-kind show car – the Ferrari 512 S Modulo.
During its debut in Geneva, the car did not have a running engine and transmission. But beneath its uniquely styled, perforated engine cover lies a 5.0-liter Ferrari V12 that produces 550 horsepower. According to Ferrari, the 512 S Modulo has a top speed of 220 mph and can go from zero to 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds.
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