Mauro Forghieri obituary

In his two decades as the technical director of the Scuderia Ferrari, Ferrariā€™s racing division, Forghieri was responsible for the cars that took John Surtees, Niki Lauda and Jody Scheckter to world titles, and for those with which Jacky Ickx, Clay Regazzoni, Carlos Reutemann and Gilles Villeneuve won races from Monaco to Monza, and Spa to SĆ£o Paulo. Reclus established himself as an engineer in Monaco before returning to Italy and taking a job at Ferrariā€™s new factory in Maranello, a small town near Modena, in 1939. But in 1960 Enzo Ferrari, who had kept an eye on his progress, offered him a job. The arrival at Ferrari in 1973 of Lauda and a new sporting director, Luca di Montezemolo, reinvigorated the team, the young Austrian driver capturing the driversā€™ title in 1975 and 1977 at the wheel of Forghieriā€™s 312B3 and 312T, both models propelled by a new flat-12 engine. Like Ferrariā€™s previous designers, who came from a prewar tradition of racing on rough roads, Forghieri built strong cars. He had often contributed to the design of Ferrariā€™s road cars, starting with crucial refinements to the suspension of the legendary 250 GTO. Mauro Forghieri, engineer, born 13 January 1935; died 2 November 2022.

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