The Lancia D50 was a Formula One racing car designed by Vittorio Jano for Lancia in 1954. The car's design made use of many innovative features, such as the use of the engine as a stressed chassis member, the off-centre positioning of the engine to allow a lower overall height, and pannier fuel cells for better weight distribution and aerodynamics. Six of the cars were built, and two of them are displayed in Italian museums.
Alberto Ascari in the Lancia D50 in 1954
|Successor||Ferrari 246 F1|
|Chassis||Multi-tubular, with stressed engine.|
|Suspension (front)||Unequal length, tubular double wishbone, with transverse leaf spring and inboard dampers.|
|Suspension (rear)||De Dion tube, with transverse leaf spring and inboard dampers.|
|Axle track||F: 1,294 mm (50.9 in)|
R: 1,330 mm (52.4 in)
|Wheelbase||2,280 mm (89.8 in)|
|Engine||Lancia DS50 2,488 cc (152 cu in) 90° V8 Naturally aspirated front-mounted.|
1954: 260 bhp (194 kW).
1955/6: 285 bhp (213 kW).
|Transmission||Lancia 5-speed manual transaxle|
|Weight||620 kg (1,367 lb)|
|Notable entrants||Scuderia Lancia|
|Notable drivers|| Alberto Ascari|
Juan Manuel Fangio
Alfonso de Portago
|Debut||1954 Spanish Grand Prix|
|Drivers' Championships||1 (1956: Fangio)|
|n.b. Unless otherwise stated, all data refer to|
Formula One World Championship Grands Prix only.
The D50 made its race debut toward the end of the 1954 Formula One season in the hands of two-time and reigning World Champion, Italian driver Alberto Ascari. In its very first event Ascari took both pole position in qualifying and fastest race lap, although his car's clutch failed after only ten laps. Following Ascari's death, and in increasing financial trouble, the Lancia family sold their controlling share in the Lancia company, and the assets of Scuderia Lancia were given to Scuderia Ferrari. Ferrari continued to develop the car, although they removed many of Jano's most innovative designs, and the car was rebadged as the "Lancia-Ferrari D50" and later simply the "Ferrari D50". Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1956 World Championship of Drivers with this car modified by Ferrari. During their competition lifespan D50s were entered into 14 World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, winning five.
Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position, results in italics indicate fastest lap)
1 Shared drive
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