Ferrari 553

The Ferrari 553 was a racing car produced by Ferrari which raced in 1953 (when the World Championship was run to F2 regulations) as a Formula Two car and in 1954 as a Formula One car.

Ferrari 553
CategoryFormula One
Technical specifications[1]
ChassisSingle-seater, tubular frame
Axle trackFront: 1,278 mm (50.3 in)
Rear: 1,250 mm (49 in)
Wheelbase2,160 mm (85 in)
EngineLampredi 1,984 cc (121.1 cu in) (1953)
2.5-litre (1954) L4 naturally aspirated, front engine, longitudinally mounted
TransmissionFerrari 4-speed manual
Weight590 kg (1,300 lb)
Competition history
Notable entrantsScuderia Ferrari
Notable driversItaly Giuseppe Farina
United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn
Argentina Jose Froilan Gonzalez
Debut1953 Italian Grand Prix
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0
n.b. Unless otherwise stated, all data refer to
Formula One World Championship Grands Prix only.

553 F1Edit

The 1953 553 F2 car was raced in the 1953 World Drivers' Championship by Umberto Maglioli and Piero Carini. It was first raced at Monza in the 1953 Italian Grand Prix on September 13, 1953.[2] In 1954 the Ferrari 553 F1 car replaced it when the World Championship returned to F1 specifications.

The car competed in six World Championship Grands Prix over the two seasons, making ten individual entries. Its only points finishing position was a win for Mike Hawthorn at the 1954 Spanish Grand Prix.

The engine was a Lampredi inline-four, producing 260 PS (191 kW; 256 hp) at 7200 rpm, from 2497.56 cc of total capacity. Because of the distinctive rounded bodywork and air-intake it was nicknames 'squalo', meaning 'shark' in Italian.[3]

Ferrari 553 "Squalo", 2.5-litre engine

555 F1Edit

In 1955, Ferrari updated their existing 553 F1 car. New helical springs were used for the front suspension, instead of the transverse leaf-springs. The rear saw the replacement of a lower leaf-spring to an upper one. It also received a five-speed gearbox instead of a four-speed. It used the same capacity as before and the power output also remained the same.

Because of the extended, rounded bodywork it was further nicknamed as s 'super shark' or 'supersqualo'. The car was first used at the Bordeaux GP on 24 April 1955. In 1956 Peter Collins was still using the 555 F1, whilst the rest of the Scuderia drove the Lancia-Ferrari D50.[4]

Formula One World Championship resultsEdit


Year Entrant Engine Tyres Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1953 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 553 2.0 L4 P ARG 500 NED BEL FRA GBR GER SUI ITA
Umberto Maglioli 8
Piero Carini Ret
1954 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 555 2.5 L4 P ARG 500 BEL FRA GBR GER SUI ITA ESP
Giuseppe Farina Ret WD
José Froilán González Ret Ret Ret
Mike Hawthorn Ret 1
Umberto Maglioli 7
Robert Manzon DNS
Maurice Trintignant Ret


  1. ^ a b "Ferrari 553". Stats F1. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Ferrari 553 F2". Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Ferrari 553 F1". Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Ferrari 555 F1". Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  5. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. pp. 94, 136, 161, 179, 239 and 244. ISBN 0851127029.

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