1962 Ferrari 268 SP

From 1961 forward, Ferrari focused on building rear-engine sports cars. After a short development period of the 246, Carlo Chiti designed four new rear-engined sports cars: the 196SP, 248SP286SP and 268 SP. The 248 SP was built around a new 2,458 cc Ferrari V8 with a single overhead camshaft V8 engine fed by four twin-choke Weber carburetors. Power was in the neighborhood of 250 bhp. The 268 SP version was also fitted with a V8 engine, with the stroke increased to 71 mm and upped to 2,650 cc.

The tubular space-frame featured all-round independent suspension while the bodywork was very similar to the 246 SP’s, a unique and dramatic barchetta design created by Fantuzzi coachwords. It had a low windscreen, curved rear fenders and a sharp, creased spoiler at the edge of the tail as well as a protruding nose featuring a twin-nostril grille. It was an unusual design for Ferrari at the time. 

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Specs & Performance

submitted by Richard Owen
type Racing Car
built at Italy
engine 90 Degree
valvetrain SOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement 2644 cc / 161.3 in³
bore 77 mm / 3.03 in
stroke 71 mm / 2.8 in
compression 9.6:1
power 197.6 kw / 265.0 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output 100.23 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 401.52 bhp per tonne
driven wheels Rear Engine / RWD
front brakes Discs
rear brakes Discs
curb weight 660 kg / 1455 lbs
wheelbase 2320 mm / 91.3 in
front track 1310 mm / 51.6 in
rear track 1300 mm / 51.2 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual