The 250 Testa Rossa won three overall victories (1958, 1960 and 1961) at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1958, 1960 and 1961). 2019) took the manufacturer’s title and improved itself based on stats alone. Ferrari of the same year. But the TR is also as gorgeous as any race car. Best known as one of the first 34 built, the Testa Rossas features a striking “pontoon” body with a scooped-out front wing for temporary auxiliary brake cooling by the legendary Modenes manufacturer Sergio Scaglietti. When this configuration proved less stable at high speeds, a more conventional body was introduced. This all-time favorite enduro race bike initially used drum brakes, a solid chassis (not bulky despite its 794kg weight), four-speed gearbox and a live axle rear end suspended on leaf springs. Even in 1958, it wasn’t particularly advanced stuff, but it worked. Cars in later works received a De Dion rear axle and a more aerodynamic body.
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In 1961, the new F1 technical regulations reduced the engine size from 2.5 liters to 1.5 liters, Ferrari used The 156 ‘Sharknose’ entered the competition, a car that would win 5 of the 8 GPs that season. Engine designer Carlo Chiti produced the new V6 with a 120° V-angle, allowing it to sit low in the chassis to optimize the center of gravity and structural rigidity. American driver Phil Hill and his German teammate Wolfgang von Tripps won two races each, while Italian driver Giancarlo Baghetti survived a dramatic French Grand Prix in Reims, And down the river Dangoni took the win near the finish line. He remains the only driver to win an F1 race on his debut, his only podium finish. Hill took the drivers’ title, but the victory was bittersweet: von Trips crashed at Monza, killing himself and 14 spectators. The accident could also explain why Enzo Ferrari ordered the destruction of all 156s, some of which apparently ended up mixed with concrete on the new factory floor.
The most famous Ferrari was born on the world sports car scene as a pragmatic response to fierce competition. The chassis is similar to the long-standing 250 GT SWB and consists of a tubular steel frame. Pick-up points are added to key components in the chassis such as the gearbox, radiator, fuel tank and fuel tank. Most GTOs have two cooling air intakes in the front wings. Some people have three. The body has also been redesigned. Preliminary aerodynamic changes reduce lift at the front and improve downforce at the rear. The project was initially overseen by Giotto Bizzarrini, who was to leave the factory during the infamous “Palace Revolution” in late 1961. Enzo’s old friend Sergio Scaglietti was then commissioned by the owner to complete the car. Typically, none of the 36 GTOs built in the first production run of 1962-1964 were identical. Although the bodies are all hand-beaten from aluminum on wood blocks by Scaglietti’s artisans, there are many differences, some decorative, others more focused on experience and engineering. It was and is, and it was special to drive.
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The visually striking 312 T Debuted at the 1975 South African Grand Prix – the T stands for the car’s transversely mounted gearbox, which greatly improved the car’s handling balance. Although Lauda failed to finish higher than fifth in the first four races of the season and retired in a miserable Spanish Grand Prix, he ended up with victories in Monaco, Belgium, Sweden and the United States, His teammate Clare Gazzoni was victorious in Italy. Lauda took the driver’s title, the Scuderia Ferrari title – for the first time since 1964. The 312 T uses an aluminum monocoque with a redesigned suspension system that allows technical director Mauro Forghieri and his team to shrink the front for better aerodynamic efficiency. Its flat-12 is reliable and good for 500bhp. With the unique airbox banned under new regulations for the 1976 season, Lauda luckily survived a horrific accident at the Nurburgring. As the 1970s progressed, the 312 T became more conspicuous, with an unusually wide nose.
In motorsport, it’s easy to think that everything was better in the past. But when it comes to Ferrari’s F2004, resistance is futile. It wasn’t as pretty as the 1967 312 or the 1990 641, but it was more successful, a V10-powered masterpiece that gave Michael Schumacher his seventh and final F1 world title. He won 13 of 18 races that season, and his teammate Brazilian Rubens Barrichello won two more. F2004’s dominance is somewhat overlooked as it marked the culmination of the Ross Brown/Rory Byrne/Michael Schumacher era, a successful period with five consecutive drivers’ titles and six consecutive constructors’ titles , a record that always resulted in spectator fatigue, even when Ferrari members had a good time. Interestingly, the nature of the F2004 Bridgestone tyres meant Ferrari wasn’t quite as dominant in qualifying – there were only 12 pole positions at the time – but the combination of car, driver and pit strategist ensured Incredible game results. As for that engine…shhh.