Ferrari 290S

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Ferrari 290S, on a test drive before the Sebring 12 hour race in 1957

The Ferrari 290S was a racing car that Scuderia Ferrari used in sports car races in 1957.


The Ferrari 290S was the modified version of the Ferrari 290MM from 1956. The heart of the car was the new Ferrari four-camshaft engine , which was also used in the 315S and 335S that same year . In the 290S this engine developed 330 hp. Otherwise the chassis and body of the 290MM remained unchanged.


Two of the 290S were built and only competed at the factory in a sports car race, as Ferrari was already working on the 315S at the beginning of the year. At the 1000 km race in Buenos Aires in 1957 , the Musso / von Trips and Collins / Castellotti teams started on the two 290S. Peter Collins had an engine failure after just three laps and switched to Masten Gregory and Cesare Perdisa in the 290MM. The duo Musso / Trips fared not much better, who had to park the second 290S in the pits after permanent problems with the ignition after driving 500 kilometers. Musso also switched to the Gregory car, so that at the end of the race a team of four clinched victory.

Chassis 0656 was registered by the American George Tilp in the 12-hour race in Sebring . Masten Gregory and Lou Brero achieved fourth place in the overall standings.

Technical specifications

Parameters Ferrari 290S
Engine:  Four-stroke 12-cylinder front engine
Cooling:  water
Displacement 3490.6 cm³
Bore × stroke:  73 × 69.5 mm
Compression:  9: 1
Valve control:  2 overhead camshafts per cylinder bank, 2 valves per cylinder
Carburetor:  6 Weber double carburettors 42DCN or 3 Solex quadruple carburettors C40PII
Power:  330 hp at 8,000 rpm
Maximum torque: 
Power transmission:  4-speed gearbox (not synchronized) plus reverse gear, transaxle design
Frame and body:  Oval tubular frame made of steel, with tubular grille in the middle
Front suspension:  Independent suspension on double wishbones, coil springs, hydraulic Houdaille shock absorbers
Rear suspension:  De Dion axle on transverse leaf springs, hydraulic Houdaille shock absorbers
Brakes:  hydraulic aluminum drum brakes
Track width front / rear:  1316/1286 mm
Wheelbase 2350 mm
Tire size front / rear:  6 × 16/7 × 16
Length × width × height: 
Empty weight (without driver):  800 kg
Top speed:  up to 260 km / h


  • Pino Casamassima: Storia della Scuderia Ferrari. Nada Editore, Vimodrome 1998, ISBN 88-7911-179-5 .
  • Peter Braun / Gregor Schulz: The great Ferrari manual. Heel, Königswinter 2006, ISBN 3-89880-501-8 .

Web links

Commons : Ferrari 290S  - album with pictures, videos and audio files