Ferrari 290 MM

The Ferrari 290 MM was a high-performance sports car specifically designed for the 1956 Mille Miglia, one of the most prestigious endurance races of its time. Produced by the Italian automaker Ferrari, the 290 MM was part of the legendary “Mille Miglia” series, which comprised a range of race cars built for various endurance races.

The 290 MM featured a sleek and aerodynamic design, characterized by its curvaceous bodywork and aggressive lines. It was powered by a potent 3.5-liter V12 engine, which produced around 320 horsepower, a remarkable figure for that era. The engine was coupled with a manual gearbox, allowing the driver to shift gears manually for optimal performance.

Notably, the 290 MM was developed as a successor to the iconic Ferrari 250 MM, incorporating several enhancements to improve its overall performance and reliability. It featured a tubular steel chassis, independent front suspension, and a de Dion rear axle. These advancements ensured better handling and stability, essential for endurance racing.

The 1956 Mille Miglia proved to be a successful campaign for the Ferrari 290 MM. The car achieved notable victories, including a remarkable 4th place overall finish driven by legendary Argentine driver Juan Manuel Fangio and his co-driver, Eugenio Castellotti. This accomplishment solidified the 290 MM’s reputation as a formidable contender on the racing circuit.

Today, the Ferrari 290 MM holds a significant place in automotive history and is highly coveted among car collectors and enthusiasts. Its limited production numbers and association with the illustrious Mille Miglia race make it an iconic symbol of Ferrari’s racing heritage and engineering prowess.

Ferrari 290 MM Technical Specifications

Year of Manufacture – 1956

type front, longitudinal 60° V12
bore/stroke 73 x 69.5 mm
unitary displacement 290.88 cc
total displacement 3490.61 cc
compression ratio 9 : 1
maximum power 235 kW (320 hp) at 7200 rpm
power per litre 92 hp/l
maximum torque
valve actuation single overhead camshaft per bank, two valves per cylinder
fuel feed three Weber 36 IR4/C1 carburettors
ignition twin spark plugs per cylinder, four coils
lubrication dry sump
clutch multi-plate
frame tubular steel
front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coils springs, hydraulic shock absorbers
rear suspension de Dion, twin radius arms, transverse leaf spring, hydraulic shock absorbers
brakes drums
transmission 4-speed + reverse
steering worm and sector
fuel tank capacity 190 litres
front tyres 6.00 x 16
rear tyres 7.00 x 16
type two-seater spider
wheelbase 2350 mm
front track 1296 mm
rear track 1310 mm
weight 880 kg (dry)
top speed 280 km/h
acceleration 0-100 km/h
0-400 m
0-1000 m