In the 1960s, Ferrari continued to fight on various fronts, getting involved in Formula 2 and sports car racing in addition to Formula 1. But it was proving increasingly difficult to keep up this hectic pace. Nonetheless, the Dino 166 built for the 1967 F 2 proved valuable in that it marked the start of a relationship with Fiat that would be further strengthened two years later when Ferrari joined the Turin company. At the time, the international rules stated that F2 engines had to have a cylinder block derived from a car of which at least 500 had been produced – an impossible feat for Ferrari.

However, Fiat produced two of its models with the Dino engine and thus made it possible for Ferrari to build a single-seater for the cadetta formula. Further improvements were made to the car over the following years with interesting experiments being carried out on the engine.

Type rear, longitudinal 65° V6
Bore/stroke 86 x 45.8 mm
Unitary displacement 266.04 cc
Total displacement 1596.25 cc
Compression ratio 11 : 1
Maximum power 147 kW (220 hp) at 10.000 rpm
Power per litre 125 hp/l
Maximum torque -
Valve actuation twin overhead camshafts per bank, three valves per cylinder
Fuel feed Lucas indirect injection
Ignition twin plugs per cylinder, single coil
Lubrication dry sump
Clutch multi-plate
Frame semi-monocoque tubular steel chassis with riveted aluminium panels
Front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, inboard springs over telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, inboard springs over telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Brakes discs
Transmission 5-speed + reverse
Steering rack-and-pinion
Fuel tank capacity 110 litres
Front tyres 550/950 x 13
Rear tyres 600/1200 x 13