Dino 166 F2

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.

Jonathan Williams
Ernesto Brambilla
Andrea De Adamich
Derek Bell

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
Valve actuation twin overhead camshafts per bank, three valves per cylinder
Fuel feed Lucas indirect injection
Lubrication dry sump
Clutch multi-plate

chassis

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