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Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa


The Ferrari 250 Testa dominated nearly every in which it competed.

The Ferrari 250 Rossa was one of history’s greatest cars. Its various iterations Ferrari win four Constructors World Championships. And its four at Le Mans included the last for a front-engine car at the Sarthe circuit.

of the Ferrari TR began in 1957, as a reaction to a rules change consideration by the FIA. Ferrari, Martin, Jaguar, and particularly were making ever-faster, sports-racers, and the horrendous Pierre crash two years earlier at Le was still a fresh wound.

the FIA announced a 3.0-liter limit for the top of sports-racers competing for the 1958 Ferrari was ready. His successes 3.0-liter spyders and berlinettas back to the Ferrari 250 S, and recently the TdF.

So in the first half of 1957, a V-12 was installed in a chassis to that of the Ferrari 500 TRC and 290 MM. As with the engines in the 500 TR and TRC, Ferrari the valve covers red. of just TR initials, however, he upon his new sports-racer the full 250 Testa Rossa” name.

The of this Ferrari 250 Testa made its racing debut in the kilometers at Germany’s demanding where it finished 10th A second prototype ran as high as at Le Mans before retiring. The two finished 1957 placing and fourth at Venezuela.

Those convinced Ferrari of the model’s and rightly so. In 1958, factory-team 250 Testa Rossas captured for its third consecutive Constructors World Championship, winning of that year’s six endurance Outright victories included Le (Olivier Gendebien and Phil driving), the Sebring 12 Hours Collins and Hill), and the Targa (Luigi Musso and Gendebien).

Designed and built by Scaglietti, the of this Ferrari 250 Testa 58 was a masterpiece in its originality, and was especially for its distinctive pontoonlike front The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 58 was the coachbuilder’s very favorite

“Formula 1 was the inspiration for its shape,” Scaglietti explained. “There pods on the sides of the F1 cars, and I wouldn’t call them they went well. We a similar idea by designing the to bring air in towards the brakes to them. In many ways the 250 Testa Rossa was a Formula 1 car fenders.”

For ’59, Scaglietti was occupied Ferrari’s burgeoning order for Ferrari 250 berlinettas and Spyder So the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was by Pinin Farina but built by Fantuzzi. Another of Modena’s craftsmen, Fantuzzi had a coachbuilding inside the Maserati works, his client. When Maserati from F1 and endurance racing in Fantuzzi moved off-site and picked up Ferrari.

The Ferrari 250 Rossa 59 had an all-enclosed body and was more aerodynamic than its predecessor. It was also about 100 lighter. Mechanical improvements a new five-speed gearbox in place of a a limited slip differential, and brakes.

The season was an epic between the Ferrari 250 Testa and Aston Martin’s DBR1. The TR 59 won at Sebring and finished in the top five at the and Goodwood in England. But that enough to offset the DBR1’s Le win and two other victories. Ferrari the constructors championship by two points.


For 1960, Ferrari improved the 250 Testa Rossa by shortening the while Fantuzzi gave it coachwork and a full windshield to new regulations. Gendebien and Paul won Le Mans in this TR 60, leading to its sixth Constructors Sports Championship in eight years.

The Le Mans race also saw the of the Ferrari TRI 60. This had a shorter-still and the model’s first independent suspension. It showed tremendous by running in the top five, often or third, for 16 hours before with gearbox problems.

The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was redesigned for 1961 with a new shape by Ferrari chief Carlo Chiti. He had come to in 1958 from Alfa Chiti brought with him a new of engineering sophistication, as evidenced by the model that was subjected to tunnel testing before finalized the slippery new shape became the Ferrari TRI 61.

Two TRI 61s were Hill and Gendebien won Le Mans and in one, the other finished in both those marquee Coupled with successes by the 250 SWB, Ferrari captured sports-car world championship.

In the FIA decided the world championship for would be contested by GT cars of no than 3.0-liters. But it also a new category that allowed of up to 4.0-liters to run at Sebring, Nurburgring, and Le

Led by its new Ferrari 250 GTO, Ferrari’s racers would dominate Constructors International Grand Championship. But Ferrari couldn’t modifying a Ferrari TRI 61 by installing a V-12, fitting a double suspension front and rear and modifying the body.

This Ferrari 330 TRI/LM won Le Mans, Hill and Gendebien leading 19 of the 24 hours on their way to Ferrari’s win there. That victory was a finale to the Ferrari Testa saga, for it closed the curtain on winners of world’s most endurance event.

The Ferrari 250 Rossa’s red valve covers it the red head name.

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