1960 Ferrari 250 TRI60

Ferrari was keen to win the CSI’s World Sportcar Championships with special factory versions of his Ferrari Testa Rossa and, to stay competitive, the formula one rear suspension was adapted in 1961.

Before Le Mans and in the middle of the season, Carlo Chiti adapted the Formula One rear suspension to the Testa Rossa, but kept the outboard rear discs and front-mounted barrel-type gearbox. With double wishbones, the suspension was fully independent compared to the De Dion type used before. Also included was an upgraded 5-speed transmission, vented disc brakes and a slight weight reduction. The new car was called the TRI60 and looked outwardly identical to the TR59/60 it was built from and usually raced beside.

Like the 1959 season, the last race decided the 1960 Championship, and since Goodwood had dropped out of the schedule, this meant Le Mans would be the final showdown. For Ferrari, Le Mans had to be the saving grace. At the event were several customer Testa Rossas, TR58s, TR59s and the new TRI60s. Power in numbers was the strategy and the two works car that didn’t retire, won the race in a 1-2 fashion. The 1960 Championship was Ferrari’s.

Despite getting replaced by mid-engine alternatives like the 246SP in the tighter courses, the factory works Testa Rossas secured the 1960 Manufacturer’s Championship and motivated Ferrari to continue on one more year with the program.

1960 Ferrari 250 TRI60

Ferrari 250 TRI60 Specs & Performance

submitted byRichard Owen
typeRacing Car
engineAluminum, 60 Degree, Tipo 128LM V12
positionFront Longitudinal
valvetrainChain Driven SOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed6 Twin-Throat 38 DCN Weber Carburetors
displacement2953 cc / 180.2 in³
bore73 mm / 2.87 in
stroke58.8 mm / 2.31 in
power223.7 kw / 306 bhp @ 7400 rpm
specific output103.62 bhp per litre
bhp/weight446.72 bhp per tonne
torque380.98 nm / 281 ft lbs @ 5500 rpm
body / frameAluminum over Tipo 526D Steel Tube Frame
driven wheelsRWD w/Limited-Slip Differential
front tires5.5×16 Dunlop
rear tires6.5×16 Dunlop
front brakesDunlop Vented Discs
rear brakesDunlop Vented Discs
front wheelsF 40.6 x 14.0 cm / 16.0 x 5.5 in
rear wheelsR 40.6 x 15.2 cm / 16 x 6 in
steeringZF Steering Box
f suspensionUnequal A-Arms w/Coil Springs over Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionDual Wishbones w/Coil Springs over Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight685 kg / 1510 lbs
wheelbase2250 mm / 88.6 in
front track1308 mm / 51.5 in
rear track1300 mm / 51.2 in
length3959 mm / 155.9 in
width1523 mm / 60.0 in
transmission5-Speed Manual

Sources & Further Reading

Finn, Joel E. Testa Rossa V12, Newport Press: 1979.
Mallepelle, Paolo. ‘The Ferrari Sports Racer.’ Cavallino 42, Dec 1987.
Mangiamele, Guy. ‘250 Testa Rossa’. Cavallino 67, Feb 1992.
Pomeroy, Larence. ‘Succeeding a Champion.’ Motor, Apr 1958.
Prunet, Antione. Ferrari Sports Racing and Prototype Competition Cars, Haynes: 1983.