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The Ferrari 246 F1 is a Ferrari racing car built for the Formula One World Championship of 1958. The regulations for 1954–1960 limited naturally aspirated engines to 2500 cc and for the 1958 season there was a change from alcohol fuels to avgas.

Ferrari 246 F1
Mike Hawthorn 1958 Argentine GP.jpg
CategoryFormula One
Designer(s)Vittorio Jano
Carlo Chiti
Successor246 P/156
Technical specifications
ChassisTubular aluminium body on chassis composed of two main elliptic tubes and other small tubes to form a light, rigid structure
Suspension (front)double wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar
Suspension (rear)DeDion axle, transverse upper leaf spring, two longitudinal radius arms, Houdaille lever dampers
EngineFerrari Dino Type 246, 2,417 cc (147.5 cu in), 65° V6, naturally aspirated Mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
TransmissionFerrari Type 523 4-speed manual
Competition history
Notable entrantsScuderia Ferrari
Scuderia Sant Ambroeus
Notable driversItaly Luigi Musso
United Kingdom Peter Collins
United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn
West Germany Wolfgang von Trips
Belgium Olivier Gendebien
United States Phil Hill
Debut1958 Argentine Grand Prix
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships1

The 246 F1 used a 2417.33 cc Dino V6 engine with a 65° angle between the cylinder banks.[1] The power output was 280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp) at 8500 rpm. This was the first use of a V6 engine in a Formula One car, but otherwise the 246 F1 was a conventional front-engine design. The Ferrari 246 F1 was good enough to win a World Championship for Mike Hawthorn and a second place in the Constructors' Championship for Ferrari.[2]

The Ferrari 246 F1 was not only the first V6-engined car to win a Formula One Grand Prix, the French Grand Prix at Reims in 1958, it was also the last front-engined car to win a Formula One Grand Prix. This occurred at the 1960 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, where the major British teams boycotted the race.[3]

In 1960, the Ferrari 246 designation was also used for the first mid-/rear-engined Ferrari, the 246 P Formula One car (using same Dino V6 engine of 2417 cc), and then again in 1966 for Ferrari's first three-litre era Formula One car.

A 246 F1 in exhibition in Regent Street, in 2016.

256 F1Edit

In 1959, to make a full use of the allowed capacity regulations, Ferrari enlarged the bore of the Dino V6 engine of the 246 F1 car by 1 mm to 86 mm. This allowed the total dispacement to rise to 2474.54 cc. The resulting power output was now 295 PS (217 kW; 291 hp) at 8600 rpm. The new race car also received disc brakes as starnard and a five-speed gearbox. Only Tony Brooks raced on this model but was outpaced by the mid-engined British race cars. He still won in the French and German Grands Prix.[4]


  1. ^ 1958 Ferrari 246 F1 on
  2. ^ "Ferrari 246 F1". Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  3. ^ 1960 Italian Grand Prix on
  4. ^ "Ferrari 256 F1". Retrieved 22 September 2019.