Ferrari 246 F1

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Ferrari 246 F1
PredecessorFerrari 801 F1
SuccessorFerrari 156 F1
ClassFormula One car
Engine(s)2.4 L Ferrari Dino V6
Transmission(s)Ferrari 4-speed Manual
Wheelbase2160 mm
Length4030 mm
Width1500 mm
Height980 mm
Curb weight560 kg
DesignerVittorio Jano
Carlo Chiti
ManualService Manual

The Ferrari 246 F1 was a Ferrari racing car built for the Formula One World Championship of 1958. The regulations for 1954-1960 limited naturally aspirated engines to 2500 cc and for the 1958 season there was a change from alcohol fuels to AvGas.

The 246 used a 2417 cc Dino V6 engine with a 65° angle between the cylinder banks.[1] This was the first use of a V6 engine in a Formula One car, but otherwise the 246 was a conventional front engine design. The Ferrari 246 was good enough to win a World Championship for Mike Hawthorn and a second place in the Constructors Championship for Ferrari.

The Ferrari 246 was not only the first V6 engined car to win a Formula One Grand Prix, the French Grand Prix at Reims in 1958, it was also the last front engined car to win a Formula One Grand Prix. This occurred at the 1960 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, where the major British teams boycotted the race.[2]

In 1960, the Ferrari 246 designation was also used for the first mid-engined[3] Ferrari, the 246P Formula One car, again using a Dino V6 engine of 2417 cc.[4][5]

The 246 at the 2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed.


  1. 1958 Ferrari 246 F1 on
  2. 1960 Italian Grand Prix on
  3. mid-engined, as the engine was in front of the rear axle, but described as rear engined in references, as was the practice in 1960.
  4. 1960 Ferrari 246P on
  5. Ferrari 246P on