Ferrari 4.5 litre, 1951


Historic Racing Cars 1907-1960

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After finding only modest success with the supercharged 125 F1 car in Formula One, Ferrari decided to switch for 1950 to the naturally aspirated 4.5-litre formula for the series. Ferrari achieved the 4.5-litre goal of Formula 1 with the 375 F1, two of which debuted at Monza on September 3, 1950. This 4.5-litre (4493.73 cc/274 in³) engine produced roughly the same power as its 4.1-litre predecessor, but its tractability earned Ascari second place in that debut race. This was the first Ferrari (the 375 F1) to win a Formula One race which it did on July 14th, 1951 at Silverstone with José Froilán González at the wheel. Ascari’s wins at the Nürburgring and Monza and strong finishes throughout the season cemented the company’s position as a Formula One contender. Changes in Formula One regulations in 1952 led Ferrari to adapt the car instead to the Indianapolis 500 series in the US (the 375 Indy) but although it qualified, driven by Alberto Ascari, it never achieved the success it had hoped. The 375 was driven during the 2011 British Grand Prix weekend by then-current Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso as a tribute to the sixtieth anniversary of the Ferrari’s first World Championship Grand Prix win at the 1951 British Grand Prix

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Dimensions 43 × 25.5 cm