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Overview

Ferrari 290 MM - 1956

1956

290 MM

Designed for the 1956 Mille Miglia and as a replacement for the 860 Monza, the 290MM was mounted with a V12 engine with dual ignition and dry sump derived from the 4.5-litre Grand Prix. Even though this engine could be described as belonging to Lampredi school, its bore and stroke measurements were really more reminiscent of Colombo’s V12 than anything else. The car was an immediate success. In fact, Castellotti not only drove it home first in the Mille Miglia followed by two 860 Monzas piloted by Collins and Musso, but it also took fourth in the same race with Fangio at the wheel.

Specifications

V12 Engine

Type front, longitudinal 60° V12
Bore/stroke 73 x 69.5 mm
Unitary displacement 290.88 cc
Total displacement 3490.61 cc
Compression ratio 9 : 1
Maximum power 235 kW (320 hp) at 7200 rpm
Power per litre 92 hp/l
Maximum torque -
Valve actuation single overhead camshaft per bank, two valves per cylinder
Fuel feed three Weber 36 IR4/C1 carburettors
Ignition twin spark plugs per cylinder, four coils
Lubrication dry sump
Clutch multi-plate
Frame tubular steel
Front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coils springs, hydraulic shock absorbers
Rear suspension de Dion, twin radius arms, transverse leaf spring, hydraulic shock absorbers
Brakes drums
Transmission 4-speed + reverse
Steering worm and sector
Fuel tank capacity 190 litres
Front tyres 6.00 x 16
Rear tyres 7.00 x 16
Type two-seater spider
Length -
Width -
Height -
Wheelbase 2350 mm
Front track 1296 mm
Rear track 1310 mm
Weight 880 kg (dry)
Top speed 280 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h -
0-400 m -
0-1000 m -