The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

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Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa – Key Details

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Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa – Key Details

Ferrari 250 Testa RossaDetail
Launched: 1957
Engine: V12 – Front Engine
Power: 221 kW (300 hp) at 7200 rpm
Torque: TBC
Top Speed: 270 km/h
0-62 mph (0-100 kmh): TBC
Replaces: TBC
Fiorano Lap time: TBC
Did you know: TBC

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

FERRARI 250 TESTA ROSSA – THE ORIGINAL RED HEAD

That Ferrari’s 1957 250 Testa Rossa enjoyed the amazing success it did is a testament both to the company’s forward thinking and its considerable luck. You see, in the late 1950’s, race organizers were starting to realize that more regulations were needed in order to keep drivers safe. After the horrific accidents that took place at the 1957 Mille Miglia and 1955 Le Mans races, car racing was quickly becoming too dangerous for its own good. Among the restrictions put in place was an engine-displacement cap of 3.0 litres instituted in 1958 by the Commissione Sportiva Internazionale, meant to reduce top speeds achieved on the track.

Well, what do you know? Ferrari already had a powerful, Colombo-designed 3.0-litre V12 in use at the time. Using high-compression pistons and aggressive camshafts, this Tipo 128 engine produced a remarkable 300 bhp matched against a kerb weight of just 784 kgs. By using this engine in its new 250 Testa Rossa, Ferrari had quickly put a weapon in its arsenal that few other auto makers could compete with.

Just a sample of the new car’s victories include the 24 Hours of Le Mans in ’58, ’60, and ’61, as well as Sebring 12 Hours in ’58, ’59, and ’61. Meant for use by both Scuderia and private racers, the Testa Rossa would go on to secure Ferrari the 1958 Manufacturer’s Championship after picking up a win at the Nϋrburgring 1000 kms. Racing successes would begin to wane as other manufacturers began catching up after Ferrari’s head start.

The name, “Red Head” in English, was derived from the red paint used on the V12’s camshaft covers. This naming convention would be repeated on the famous 80’s Testarossa supercar. Early examples are notable for the large cut-out behind the front wheels, a design put in place by Scaglietti. This F1-inspured design cue wouldn’t last long, however, with Pininfarina and Touring being commissioned to come up with a more traditional aesthetic for a more traditional look. Regardless of the design, all 250 Testa Rossas look absolutely stunning to this day, an attribute that no doubt has contributed to the car’s extreme collectability. Add in the car’s rarity, with only 34 models ever built, and in 2014, a black 250 sold for £24 million in the UK, making it one of the most expensive vehicles ever sold.

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Ferrari  – Technical Specifications

Technical SpecificationDetail
Performance
0-100 km/h3.4 s
0 -200 km/hTBC
Max. speed202 mph (325 km/h)
Engine
TypeV8
Overall displacement4497 cm3
Max. power output419 kW (570 CV)** @ 9000 rpm
Max. torque398 lbs/ft (540 Nm) @ 6000 rpm
Dimensions & Weight
Length178.2 in (4527 mm)
Width76.3 in (1937 mm)
Height47.8 in (1213 mm)
Dry weightTBC
Fuel ConsumptionTBC
CO2 EmissionsTBC

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