290 S

The 290 S was the first Ferrari sports car powered by a four overhead camshaft engine. Built by the team led by Vittorio Jano, the engine embodied a number of technical ideas incorporated on the F1 V8 engine recently inherited from Lancia. The 290 MM’s sturdy tubular chassis could take the new engine without modification, while the Barchetta body built by Scaglietti was designed taking into account new technical norms laid down by the FIA. The 290 S’s career, however, did not last long – it was replaced by the 315 S after just a few races.

Ferrari 290 S - 1957


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 243 kW (330 hp) at 8000 rpm
Power per litre 95 hp/l
Maximum torque -
Valve actuation twin overhead camshaft per bank, two valves per cylinder
Fuel feed six Weber 42 DCN 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 -
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 -
Top speed -
Acceleration 0-100 km/h -
0-400 m -
0-1000 m -