Thanks to experimentation with a large number of engines and chassis, Ferrari was able to build special versions almost to customer requirements, as was the case of the 212, a single-seater considered a F1 car, although its aspirated engine with just 2562 cc, as indicated by the 212 label, only provided 200 hp.
Two versions were built, one with a De Dion rear axle, and one with oscillating half-axles, used in various races in 1951, driven by Serafini (the DD) and by Swiss man Fisher who was the owner of the other and had his own team, called Ecurie Espadon.
The car’s performance allowed it to be used in special races, such as uphill races, a Swiss speciality.
|Type||front, longitudinal 60° V12|
|Bore/stroke||68 x 58.8 mm|
|Unitary displacement||213.54 cc|
|Total displacement||2562.51 cc|
|Compression ratio||12 : 1|
|Maximum power||147 kW (200 hp) at 7500 rpm|
|Power per litre||78 hp/l|
|Valve actuation||single overhead camshaft per bank, two valves per cylinder|
|Fuel feed||three Weber 32 DCF carburettors|
|Front suspension||independent, unequal-length wishbones, lower transverse leaf spring, hydraulic shock absorbers|
|Rear suspension||independent, swing axles, transverse leaf spring, hydraulic shock absorbers|
|Transmission||5-speed + reverse|
|Steering||worm and sector|
|Fuel tank||capacity 130 litres|
|Front tyres||5.50 x 16|
|Rear tyres||6.50 x 16|