joined the rear-engine revolution with the Ferrari 156 "Sharknose". Designed by
new engineer Carlo Chiti. The chassis was a tubular spaceframe that while not in the same
league with designs created by Lotus and BRM it proved serviceable. The star of this car
was the 120 degrees V6 engine that was a developed for the new regulations. The angle of
the cylinder blocks allowed for the engine to have a lower center of gravity. Because the
engine was substantially wider its rear placement was deemed necessary. Another striking
feature of the new engine was its relative light weight, weighing 30 lbs. lighter than
the four-cylinder Coventry-Climax engine still being used by the British teams.
While the British teams argued about
the necessity of the new formula Ferrari had a brand new car and engine to start the
The cars first season bore fruit with five victories out of seven races
including a 1-2-3-4 finish at Spa. Only tremendous victories at Monaco and the Nurburgring
by Stirling Moss could stop the red cars. The World Championship was a battle between Phil
Hill and von Tripp and was won by American Phil Hill. His three victories providing the
winning margin. Unfortunately the successful season was marred by the tragic death of
Hill's teammate, Wolfgang von Tripp and 14 spectators at Monza. The lack of a competitive
engine for the British teams changed in 1962 and Ferrari failed to win a race. Ferrari was
also racked by internal politics which resulted in the departure of eight top Ferrari
executives including Carlo Chiti. The Ferrari 156 continued to be used for two more years
with John Surtees and Lorenzo Bandini scoring single wins in 1963 and 1964 respectively.
The yearbook contains 280 pages of exclusive photographs and features detailing Ferrari’s year on the roads and on the track.