Ferrari 250 GT Drogo
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|Auto racing||Grand Touring Coupe|
|Automotive design||Bizzarrini and Giovanni Volpi|
|Chassis||alloy body over Ferrari type 539 (250 GT SWB 1961) Chassis|
|Internal combustion engine||Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 3 litre V12 NA|
|Transmission (mechanics)||250 SWB four-speed|
|Fuel||Dunlop Racing 600 L 15 & 650 L 15|
|Debut||1962 Nurburgring 1000km|
The Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo or commonly known as the Breadvan is a special Ferrari made in 1962 from a 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB Short Wheel Base, chassis number #2819GT. It was built to compete against the new 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and other Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile World Sportscar Championship races.
In 1962, Bizzarrini was hired by Count Giovanni Volpi, owner of the SSS Scuderia Serenissima Republica di Venezia, to uprate a Ferrari 250 GT SWB to GTO Specs. Ferrari was upset with Volpi and refused to sell him a GTO.
Bizzarrini applied all the ideas from the GTO and developed with Piero Drogo an aerodynamically advanced body, even lower than GTO, with the roof line dramatically extended to the rear end following Wunibald Kamm aerodynamic theory. The resulting boxy appearance prompted the moniker "Breadvan". Bizzarrini moved the engine further back to the center of the chassis than the GTO, and lowered it by fitting a dry sump system.
The car was completed in 14 days. At least another two 250 GT SWB cars were developed by Bizzarrini, Drogo, Neri and Bonacini to GTO spec and distinctive bodied with similar shapes. Reported to be 7km/h faster than GTO at Le Hunaudières straight at Le Mans.
- Raced as berlinetta by Gendebien, Trintignant, Hill and Scarfiotti.
- First registered with Breadvan body with plate MO 6 8939.
- Raced 1962 Le Mans with Davis/Abate. DNF. Retired.
- Raced with Abate under the rain.
- Piero Drogo