1965 to 1966
For 1965 Ferrari also built a customer version of P2 cars; they were equipped with a SOHC 4.4 L engine and thus were named 365 P2. In 1966 Ferrari upgraded their 365 P2 cars with new bodywork by Piero Drogo.
In addition to the 275 and 330 P2 P2, officially deployed, Ferrari decided to produce a third car, to be entrusted solely to private stables. On the P2 chassis it was installed a different engine, a V12 from 4390.35 cm³ . This engine, which had the distribution SOHC , was capable of delivering 380 hp at 7200 rpm . The car was named 365 P2. In total, six were built 365 P2. One, the chassis number 0824, was built from scratch, while the other five, chassis numbers 0826, 0828, 0832, 0836 and 0838, were obtained by transforming 275 P2 and P2 330 to which belonged such frames . In the 1965 season, his best result was a first and second place at the 12 Hours of Reims , respectively, with the crews Rodriguez / Guichet and Surtees / Parkes. In the same race cars also marked the pole position and the fastest lap in the race . In the same year, the 500km of Bridgehampton , Pedro Rodríguez with 365 P2 of the NART team came in second place . For 1966, the 365 P2 were ricarrozzate by Piero Drogo , with the addition of the roof. The final line of the approaching new P3 330 , differing only for the prominent air intakes on the rear fenders. In 1966 , a 365 P2 won the fourth place in the first race of the season, the 24 Hours of Daytona . The car entered by NART team Rodriguez / Andretti , stood behind three GT40 . At the second race of the season, the 12 Hours of Sebring , the 365 P2 was also raced by the same crew, but had to retire after an accident, which caused the fire at the vehicle . Also in the next race, the 1000 km Monza , the 365 P2, this time raced by Lucien Bianchi and Jean Beurlys , was forced to retire due to rupture of the dynamo .
In 1966 Piero Drogo changed a P2 365, the chassis number 0838, specifically to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans . This car, characterized by a long tapering tail and provided with fins to maximize aerodynamic efficiency and stability on the obverse, features necessary in the long and bumpy Hunaudières , the straight of the Le Mans circuit. This car, entered by NART team, was painted completely white, except for the rear fins that were in blue. On the latter, he was painted a white elephant standing on its hind legs, in a similar position to the best known horse of Ferrari. Because of this feature, the 365 P2 in question was nicknamed White Elephant . The car was also raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans crew Bondurant / Gregory , who was forced to retire all'88º around the breaking oftransmission . The ' White Elephant was also deployed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1967 , again by the NART team that gave the crew Parsons / Rodriguez . The race ended prematurely, with the car forced to retire following an accident, after just 30 laps .
The 365 P2 with chassis number 0836 , was bought by David Piper , who took her in the race with his team. The car, like the other 365 P2, was also Duroplast chassis by Drogo, but unlike the other was not added the canopy, staying a little boat . The car was completely repainted in dark green, which was the livery of the Piper team. In total, the 365 P2 / 3 took part in 3 races of the World Sportscar . In 1966 he ran only 1000 km of Spa , where he was guided by the same Piper and Mike Salmon . The car was forced to retire with mechanical problems . The following season, the 24 Hours of Daytona , the 365 P2 / 3 was also raced always Piper, this time with Richard Attwood . The car was forced to retire at 311º around the breaking of change . In the next race, the 12 Hours of Sebring , the 365 P2 / 3, always with the crew Piper / Attwood, he was again forced to retire, again as a result of the gear failure .