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Ferrari 308 General Information

Unlikely rally car? Maybe, but don't forget that the 308 was probably the most functional car Ferrari ever made and that one of the most successful rally cars, the well respected Lancia Stratos, used a Ferrari engine and a layout fairly similar to that of many Ferraris. So maybe the idea wasn't that stupid, at least not for tarmac rallies.

The French Ferrari importer Charles Pozzo was such a rally enthusiast that he supported the idea from the beginning and in 1981 Jean-Claude Andruet was using Pozzo's car for an ERC program and indeed finished 2nd in the championship. On the Tour de Corse 1981 Andruet was out soon and in Monte Carlo the following year he crashed it. But on the Tour de Corse 1982 Andruet finished 2nd. Yes, all 2nds rather than big wins, but you can't say the Ferrari was useless.

And even in rallying circles the Ferrari was a mythos that would move emotions. Before the Rally San Remo 1983 Björn Waldegaard was contacted by a completely unknown Italian tuner, who asked if Waldegaard was interested to drive his car at the WRC event. Björn reported later: "I told this guy he was silly and I wasn't interested at all, then he said that his car was a Ferrari and I asked where I could sign!" It would have been interesting to see what Björn could have done with it on Tuscany gravel, but unfortunately the engine blew up pretty early.

Yes, there were a number of group B Ferraris and the group 4 Ferrari 308 GTB had some successes, but there are no records of a group B Ferrari ever having been rallied at WRC level - it's all group 4. The 308 GTB Quattrovalvole was a 32v version of the group 4 308 GTB and was homologated into group B, but if this was ever rallied it would only have been within Italy.
(Maybe as a side note the 308 GT4 was a GTB with a steeper rear, a bit like a Fiat X1/9 rear. Although generally on the 308 GTB lines it was a very rare, special car that for some reason Basil Criticos decided to use on the East African Safari Classic 2013, see photos. Nobody remotely connected with Ferrari ever intended to use that for g4 or gB rallying, Ferrari themselves not even ever promoted it properly for the road, yet it is a very rare and unique car and it is hard to ignore someone was using it on the Safari.)

A more famous group B Ferrari was the 288 GTO. Bar details the 288 GTO and 308 GTB used the same shell. Though it had a 2.8 litre V8 engine rather then the 3.0, but it had twin turbos as well which explains the slight reduction in displacement. Even more importantly, if not to solve confusion: The "B" in GTB had nothing to do with group B, but GTO actually stood for Grand Tourismo Omologato = a homologation special. Ferrari was talking a lot about this project for some time and many people were waiting for it. But when it arrived it turned out that it was all nothing but a marketing trick with the group B fame underlining its limited edition status. Yes, the car was homologated into group B and it was produced in the according 200 units only, but it was sold only as a collectors item. It is a group B car that was never intended to be rallied, irrespectable of any group B ban.

In fact this shows the marketing potential of rallying, if promoted properly - or if the rules are right. I am old enough to remember these days, when absolutely everybody wondered what Ferrari was to do with that long announced GTO Omologato Group B car. Well, Ferrari realised everybody knew group B, it was a big story, a story of which everybody knew its limited edition status. Ferrari may have never ever ever intended to go rallying, but telling your customers this is a limited edition very special road car, which easier way could you have in those days but talking for ages of a group B homologation special? They never intended doing anything with it but making money, but "Group B", everything said, isn't it?
 

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Ferrari 308 Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
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Ferrari 308 GTB (78-83) 280/8000 380/6200 4230.1820.1120 1080 (3.9) RWD (2340)

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Ferrari 308 Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
82nd. 1983 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo D. Gauthier . UNKNOWN #129 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
18th. 1983 WRC Tour de Corse . "Panic" F. Giallolacci #29 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
25th. 1982 WRC Tour de Corse . "Panic" . UNKNOWN #28 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
2nd. 1982 WRC Tour de Corse J. Andruet . "Biche" #12 [UNKNOWN] 14:16:57

Ferrari 308 Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1983 WRC Rallye San Remo B. Waldegaard C. Billstam #3 [UNKNOWN] SS24 engine
Ret. 1983 WRC Rallye San Remo F. Ormezzano . UNKNOWN #14 [UNKNOWN] SS3 driveshaft
Ret. 1982 WRC Rallye San Remo T. Tognana . UNKNOWN #19 [UNKNOWN] SS27 engine
Ret. 1982 WRC Tour de Corse G. Chasseuil B. Chasseuil #39 [UNKNOWN] SS12 fuel pump
Ret. 1982 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Andruet . "Biche" #3 [UNKNOWN] SS6 crash
Ret. 1981 WRC Tour de Corse J. Andruet . "Biche" #14 [UNKNOWN] SS6 fuel pump
Ret. 1978 WRC Rallye San Remo R. Pinto F. Penariol #23 [UNKNOWN] SS18 distributer