Minichamps Ferrari 333SP

History

The Ferrari 333SP was the opening shot in the war to 'Spyderise' cars in the 'World Sports Car' era. This was in respose to rule changes that IMSA put in place after the Group C/GTP meltdown in 1992. Developed with the legendary Gianpiero Moretti and the MOMO team, it was the workhorse of the IMSA series for much of the 90's. The Ferrari name gave a crucial link to racing history after Jaguar left.

Although it never scored an overall Le Mans victory, it was still very successful. However, when Ferrari signed Schumacher in 1995, all racing resources went to the F1 team. Factory support and revisions lagged and the car became somewhat of an afterthought to Ferrari. Even so, the car is still competitive to this day. However, with the new cars coming out from Lola, Reynard, and Cadillac(!), a privateer team would do better than buy this expensive Italian creation.

Diecast

Minichamps has put out a total of thirteen versions of the 333SP. A fourteenth version depicting the "APEX" sponsored Scandia team from IMSA 1994 was planned, but never released. They came in two releases, with the first series dating from 1994, with Model numbers 430 XX74YY where XX is the year and YY is the car number. These cars are as "rare as hen's teeth", but are noticibly poorer in quality to the second batch. The second edition carries a similar model # of 430 XX76YY. These are available now, but due to the Mattel buyout of the license to all Ferrari models they won't be around for long. The paint, casting, and wheels are excellent. However, some decals on certain models seem a bit fuzzy.

Also, the cars from the 1998 Le Mans race are actually from a different mould, as the large side air scoop is not present on these units.

The one real flaw with this series is the cockpit, namely the seat. It is a fake-looking beige, with blue seatbelts paited on. It just looks plain wrong, and on an open car like this it is a serious distraction. Compared to the incredible job that was done on the Audi R8R, this looks rather silly.

Minichamps did an especially good job on the blue "Pilot" model. Any respectable Le Mans collector will own this car and at least one of the "MOMO" cars.

 

Minichamps 333SP - Le Mans 1997
Category Rating (out of five)
Detail
Paint and Decals
Wheels
Historical Relevance

 

Minichamps Ferrari 333SP

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

0Ferrari 333SP 0
Presentation
430 947400
3Ferrari 333SP
Andy Evans
Fermin Velez
03
IMSA
1994
(Cancelled)
430 947403 
5Ferrari 333SP
Mauro Baldi
5
IMSA
1994
430 947405
30Ferrari 333SP
Gianpiero Moretti
Eliseo Salazar
30
IMSA
1994
430 947430
50Ferrari 333SP 'Snap-on'
Jay Cochran
50
IMSA
1994
430 947450
2Ferrari 333SP 'MOMO'
Max Papis
Didier Theys
Bob Wollek
Bill Auberlen
30
WSC
Daytona
1996
430 967430
0Ferrari 333SP
Fredy Lienhard
Didier Theys
27
WSC
Sebring
1997
430 967627
1Ferrari 333SP 'Scandia'
Andy Evans
Fermin Velez
Yannick Dalmas
3
WSC
Sebring
1997
430 977603
6Ferrari 333SP 'MOMO'
Didier Theys
Gianpiero Moretti
Max Papis
3
Le Mans
1997
430 977693
48Ferrari 333SP 'Scandia'
Andy Evans
Fermin Velez
Rob Morgan
43
WSC
Sebring
1997
430 977643
DNFFerrari 333SP 'Pilot'
Michel FertÚ
Adrian Campos
Charles Nearburg
4
Le Mans
1997
430 977604
14Ferrari 333SP 'MOMO'
Gianpiero Moretti
Mauro Baldi
Didier Theys
3
LMP
Le Mans
1998
430 987603
DNFFerrari 333SP 'Giesse'
Vincenzo Sospiri
Jean-Christophe Boullion
JÚrome Policand
5
LMP
Le Mans
1998
430 987605
8Ferrari 333SP 'Toshiba'
Wayne Taylor
Eric van de Poele
Fermin Velez
12
LMP
Le Mans
1998
430 987612