John Barnard’s second visit to Ferrari It may have turned out to be less fruitful in innovation and the relentless quest to design the perfect car, but it resulted in one of the most stylish cars of the 90s (as well as one that clearly was less) as well as a victorious end for the V12 engine in Formula 1. Some even think that put in other hands, the 412 T2, the penultimate Ferrari designed by Barnard, could have claimed the title …

Barnard had left Maranello two and a half years ago when in the summer of 1992, Niki lauda started calling him. At first, Barnard had asked those around him to tell Lauda that he was not there. Ferrari was at its lowest with its F92A and great maneuvers became necessary. Luca di Montezemolo had taken control and recruited Lauda as a consultant. Jean Todt would soon be debauched at Peugeot and institute a radical change, but for the time being, Lauda was running his address book, approaching people he greatly esteemed: Gerhard Berger to pilot and John Barnard to supervise the technical part.