The 1966 R8 Gordini was boosted with a 1255cc engine with twin Weber 40DCOEs. With a five-speed gearbox, it developed 88hp at 6500 rpm and a resulting top speed of 175 km/h. A second small fuel tank at the front also helped balance the handling in the 1966 model, toggled by a small tap between the front seats. The combination of great balance from the chassis and remarkable power made for a car that was to dominate motorsport for years to come.