1963 Ferrari 250 P

In 1963 Ferrari released a prototype which was essentially a 250 LM minus the roof. Therefore it shared the model’s mid-mounted V12 engine and tubular space frame but had a slightly more advanced body shape. 

The 250 P didn’t take long to establish its name on the track. Ferrari debuted the model at the 1963 12 Hours of Sebring and took an overall victory with chassis 0810 driven by John Surtees and Lodovico Scarfiotti. The other 250 P of Willy Mairesse, Nino Vacarella and Lorenzo Bandini wasn’t far behind and placed second. Along with the 330 TRI/LM and the 250 GTO, Ferrari swept the results list, taking the first six places overall.

Afterward the cars were used in Europe at many rounds of the World Sportscar Championship. Only one 250 P was used at the Targa Florio in May and failed to finish. Later that month, another new car, chassis 0814, was brought to the Nürburgring 1000km, but the older 0812 won in the hands of John Surtees and Willy Mairesse. This was followed up by a victory at Le Mans by Ludovico Scarfiotti and Lorenzo Bandini in 0814.

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Ferrari 250 P Specs & Performance

submitted byRichard Owen
typeRacing Car
released at1963 Paris Motor Show
built atModena, Italy
body stylistPininfarina
valvetrainSOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement3285 cc / 200.5 in³
bore77.0 mm / 3.03 in
stroke58.8 mm / 2.31 in
power238.6 kw / 320.0 bhp @ 7500 rpm
specific output97.41 bhp per litre
bhp/weight390.24 bhp per tonne
torque435.2 nm / 321.0 ft lbs @ 5500 rpm
driven wheelsMid Engine / RWD
front brakesDiscs
rear brakesDiscs
steeringRack & Pinion
curb weight820 kg / 1808 lbs
wheelbase2400 mm / 94.5 in
front track1350 mm / 53.1 in
rear track1340 mm / 52.8 in
length4090 mm / 161.0 in
width1700 mm / 66.9 in
height1115 mm / 43.9 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
top speed~289.7 kph / 180.0 mph
race victories1963 24 Hours of Le Mans, 1963 Nürburgring 1000km, 1963 Sebring 12 Hour