Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

The 250 Testa Rossa was designed to offer customers already racing with the 500 TRC a much more powerful engine on a similar chassis to help retain the former model’s great handling.

Rumor also had it that the FIA would place a three-litre limit on prototypes and this indeed proved to be the case.

As a result the reliable V12 from the 250 Gran Turismo was used albeit with a radically tuned with six twin-choke carburetors.

Compared with the 500 TRC, only the valve covers were painted red, but the car still kept the Testa Rossa name and won the Manufacturers’ World Championship in 1958.

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Technical Specifications

Year of Manufacture – 1957

type front, longitudinal 60° V12
bore/stroke 73 x 58.8 mm
unitary displacement 246.10 cc
total displacement 2953.21 cc
compression ratio 9.8 : 1
maximum power 221 kW (300 hp) at 7200 rpm
power per litre 102 hp/l
maximum torque
valve actuation twin overhead camshafts per bank, two valves per cylinder
fuel feed six Weber 38 DCN carburettors
ignition single spark plug per cylinder, two coils
lubrication wet sump
clutch twin-plate
frame tubular steel
front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, hydraulic shock absorbers
rear suspension live axle, radius arms, coil springs, hydraulic shock absorbers
brakes drums
transmission 4-speed + reverse
steering worm and sector
fuel tank capacity 140 litres
front tyres 5.50 x 16
rear tyres 6.00 x 16
type two-seater, spider
wheelbase 2350 mm
front track 1308 mm
rear track 1300 mm
weight 800 kg (dry)
top speed 270 km/h
acceleration 0-100 km/h
0-400 m
0-1000 m

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Valuations

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