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Overview

1956

500 TR

Ferrari needed a very new special weapon with which to take on the Maserati four-cylinder two-litre. With this in mind, the 2200cc derived from the Mondial was handed over to a former Maserati engineer named Massimino who made it more reliable and powerful. The heads of the new engine were painted and it is from this feature that the Testarossa took it name. Its coachwork was by Scaglietti, as was that of the more shapely second version, the 500 TRC, which was reserved for existing customers. Although it never raced as an official Team Ferrari car, the 500 TRC still delivered a host of victories thanks to its excellent handling and reliability.

Ferrari 500 TR - 1956

Specifications

V4 Engine

Type front, longitudinal in-line four
Bore/stroke 90 x 78 mm
Unitary displacement 496.21 cc
Total displacement 1984.86 cc
Compression ratio 8.5 : 1
Maximum power 132 kW (180 hp) at 7000 rpm
Power per litre 91 hp/l
Maximum torque -
Valve actuation twin overhead camshafts per bank, two valves per cylinder
Fuel feed two Weber 40 DCO/3 carburettors
Ignition two spark plugs per cylinder, two coils
Lubrication dry sump
Clutch twin-plate
Frame tubular steel
Front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, hydraulic shock absorbers
Rear suspension live axle, coil springs, hydraulic shock absorbers
Brakes drums
Transmission 4-speed + reverse
Steering worm and sector
Fuel tank capacity 120 litres
Front tyres 5.50 x 16
Rear tyres 6.00 x 16
Type spider, two-seater
Length -
Width -
Height -
Wheelbase 2250 mm
Front track 1308 mm
Rear track 1250 mm
Weight 680 kg (dry)
Top speed 245 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h -
0-400 m -
0-1000 m -