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1952 Ferrari 250 Sport

Ferrari prepared the 250 Sport as a factory race car for the 1952 Season. The sole car debuted at the 1952 Mille Miglia where Giovanni Bracco and Alfonso Rolfo piloted it to outright victory.

During the Mille Miglia, Ferrari was up against the recently-released 300 SL from Mercedes-Benz. One driven by Karl Kling dominated nearly the entire race, but was passed on the Futa Pass by Braco near the end of the race. Braco was a regular hill-climb racer and could use the 250 Sport to its full potential.

Their car was a small sports coupe developed by Vignale for outright performance. Like other Berlinettas, it had a very low-set roof and canted front windscreen. Having a roof was particularly advantageous for the wet edition of the 1952 Mille Miglia.

The 250 Sport was largely based on the 225 Sport and both models were an evolution of the 212 Export racing models with slightly larger engines. The engine was enlarged from a bore of 70 to 73mm and this model became the first in a successful series of Ferrari 250s.

After the Mille Miglia, Ferrari used the car for Alberto Ascari and Villoresi to drive. Ascari said it was “the best car I have driven since I started racing!.”2 He beat the lap record at an average speed of 107.59 mph, but failed just three hours into the race with clutch problems. For Le Mans the car was fitted with rear fender scoops to cool the differential and small rear wheel flares to satisfy the regulations.

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1952 Ferrari 250 Sport

Specs & Performance

type Racing Car
built at Maranello, Italy
coachbuilder Vignale
production 1
engine 60° V12
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain SOHC, 2 Valves per CYl
displacement 2953 cc / 180.20 in³
bore 73 mm / 2.9 in
stroke 58.8 mm / 2.3 in
compression 9.0:1
power 171.5 kw / 230 bhp @ 7500 rpm
specific output 77.89 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 270.59 bhp per tonne
body / frame Aluminum Body over Steel Tube Frame
driven wheels RWD
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Transverse Leaf Spring, Coil Springs
r suspension Live Axle w/Leaf Springs
curb weight 850 kg / 1874 lbs
wheelbase 2250 mm / 88.6 in
front track 1278 mm / 50.3 in
rear track 1250 mm / 49.2 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual
tran clutch Dry, Single-Plate
top speed ~250 kph / 155.25 mph
fuel capacity 150 litres or 39.60 gal.

Sources & Further Reading.

1. Marzotto, Giannino.Red Arrows Ferraris at the Mille Miglia. Giorgio Nada Editore: 2001.
2. Ludvigsen, Karl. Ferrari by Mailander. Dalton Watson: 2005.