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Ferrari SP

Ferrari SP
1962-05-06 Targa Florio winner Ferrari 246SP 0796 Mairesse stops.jpg
1961 Ferrari 246 SP
Overview
ManufacturerFerrari
Also calledFerrari Dino SP
Production1961–1962
DesignerCarrozzeria Fantuzzi
Body and chassis
Body styleSpyder
LayoutRear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,320 mm (91.3 in)
Chronology
PredecessorDino 246 S
Successor

The Ferrari SP (also known as the Ferrari Dino SP) was a series of Italian sports prototype racing cars produced by Ferrari during the early 1960s. All featured a rear mid-engine layout, a first for a Ferrari sports car.[1][2] Major racing accolades include the 1962 European Hill Climb Championship, two overall Targa Florio victories, in 1961 and 1962, and "1962 Coupe des Sports" title.[3]

At first the SP-series used Vittorio Jano-designed, V6 Dino engines in both SOHC 60° and DOHC 65° forms. Later, Ferrari introduced a new SOHC 90° V8 engine designed by Carlo Chiti. All used dry sump lubrication and were mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.[4]

In total only six chassis were produced with various engine configurations. Many times they were modified and converted into a different specification. The tubular steel chassis, tipo 561, featured all-round independent suspension and disc brakes.[5] All shared the same wheelbase and open body style with some variations.[6]

The rear mid-engine layout experience was soon carried over to the V12-powered Ferrari P-series of sports prototypes. They arrived in 1963. Later, by 1965, Ferrari introduced their first mid-engined Dino sports prototype, the 166 P, powered by a V6 engine. The Chiti V8 engine did not carry over to any successor.[7]

  1. ^ "Red Monopoly: Ferrari History". ferrari.com. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  2. ^ Godfrey, John. (1990). Ferrari Dino SPs : Maranello's first rear-engined sports prototypes. Stephens. ISBN 1-85260-359-3. OCLC 21164219.
  3. ^ "Ferrari 196 SP Dino". ultimatecarpage.com. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Ferrari 246 SP – Register". barchetta.cc. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  5. ^ "1962 Ferrari 268". conceptcarz.com. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  6. ^ Cite error: The named reference Ferrari 246 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  7. ^ Acerbi, Leonardo (2012). Ferrari: All The Cars. Haynes Publishing. pp. 146–147.