The Tamiya Ferrari 312T3 RC model is based upon the 1978 model F1 racer driven by Gilles Villeneuve and Carlos Reuteman. The 312T3 was introduced for 1978 races. It was much cleaner aerodynamically, and the flat 12 engine was tuned to give around 515bhp. A switch to Michelin tyres meant a redesign of the suspension was necessary. All the hard work came to nothing though as the pioneering Lotus 79 ground effect 'wing car' took on and beat all comers with ease that season, and Ferrari were left to pick up the pieces of any Lotus failures. Reuteman won 4 races, whilst Villeneuve won for the first time at the final race, his home race in Canada, but it was more a season of consolidation. Reuteman moved to Lotus for 1979, and was replaced by Jody Scheckter. Ferrari was only 3rd in the Constructors Championship.