Ferrari 156 F1 'Sharknose' 1961

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Presents a forgotten Ferrari racing car, the Ferrari 156 F1 'Sharknose".
This historical Ferrari has earned its place among the all time great Formula 1 cars.
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The Ferrari 156 was made in 1961 to comply with the new Formula One regulations that reduced engine displacement from 2.5 to 1.5 litres, similar to the pre-1961 Formula Two class for which Ferrari had developed a mid-engined car also called 156.

Ferrari started the season with a 65 degrees Dino engine, then replaced by a new engine with the V-angle increased to 120 degrees and designed by Carlo Chiti. This increased the power by 10 hp (7 kW). Bore and stroke were 73.0 x 58.8 mm (2.3 in) with a displacement of 1,476.60 cc and a claimed 190 hp (142 kW) at 9,500 rpm. For 1962 a 24-valve version was planned with 200 hp (149 kW) at 10,000 rpm, but never appeared. In 1963 the 12-valve version fitted with Bosch direct-fuel injection instead of carburetors achieved that power level. The last victory for the Ferrari 156 was achieved by Italian Lorenzo Bandini in the 1964 Austrian Grand Prix.

A V-6 engine with 120 degree bank is smoother at producing power because every 120 degree rotation of engine crankshaft produces a power pulse.

Phil Hill won the 1961 World Championship of Drivers and Ferrari secured the 1961 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers, both victories achieved with the 156.

The Ferrari 156 was a racecar made by Ferrari in 1961 to comply with then new Formula One regulations that reduced engine displacement from 2.5 to 1.5 litres, similar to the pre-1961 Formula Two class for which Ferrari had developed a mid-engined car also called 156.

The 1961 version was affectionately dubbed "sharknose" due to its characteristic air intake "nostrils". Then-Ferrari factory policy inevitably saw all the remaining sharknose 156s scrapped by the end of the 1963 season. Nevertheless such an F 156 is exhibited in the "Galleria Ferrari" at Maranello, probably a replica. A similar intake duct styling was applied over forty years later to the Ferrari F430.


Specifications
Country of origin: Italy
Produced from: 1961 - 1962
Numbers built: 1961: 5 / 1962: 3
Designed by: Carlo Chiti

Engine
Configuration: Type 188 65º V6
Location: Mid, longitudinally mounted
Construction: Light alloy block and head
Displacement: 1.496 liter / 91.3 cu in
Bore / Stroke: 81.0 mm (3.2 in) / 48.2 mm (1.9 in)
Compression: 9.8:1
Valvetrain: 2 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feed: 3 Weber 42 DCN Carburettors
Aspiration: Naturally Aspirated
Power: 200 bhp / 149 KW @ 10500 rpm
BHP/Liter: 134 bhp / liter

Drivetrain
Chassis: Aluminium body over steel tubular frame
Suspension (fr/r): Double wishbones, coil springs over Koni dampers, anti-roll bar
Steering: Rack-and-pinion
Brakes: Ventilated discs, all-round, mounted in-board at the rear
Gearbox: Ferrari Type 543/C 5 speed Manual
Drive: Rear wheel drive

Dimensions
Weight: 460 kilo / 1014.1 lbs
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r): 2300 mm (90.6 in) / 1260 mm (49.6 in) / 1260 mm (49.6 in)

Performance
Power to weight: 0.43 bhp / kg
Top Speed: 240 km/h (149 mph)


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Phil Hill was the first American F1 driver to win the World Championship, and he did it in this car. Too bad a real one doesn't exist anymore...
 

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Voted. Von Trips died at Monza in this car and I'd love to have any of the F1 cars from this era of racing in Gran Turismo. Bring on the Benz and Moss' Lotus as well!