General data  
Grand Prix season/s 1956
Racing drivers Peter Collins, Olivier Gendebien
Race numbers Various
VIN span 555/01 – 555/04
Number produced 2 ?
Technical Specifications  
Chassis 511 – Steel tubular frame with longitudinal chassis beams
Length 3988 mm
Width 1427 mm
Height 1020 mm
Wheelbase 2135 mm or 2160 mm
Front track 1278 mm
Rear track 1250 mm
Front suspension Independent wheel suspension, double delta wishbones, coil springs, Houdaille lever-type shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension De Dion rear suspension, transverse leaf springs, Houdaille lever-type shock absorbers, double trailing links per side
Front tyres 5.50 x 16“
Rear tyres 7.00 x 16“
Tyres Englebert tread tyres
Wheels Borrani wheels with wired spokes and central locking
Front brakes Hydraulically operated bimetal drum brakes
Rear brakes Hydraulically operated bimetal drum brakes
Weight 600 kg
Fuel tank 2 fuel tanks – mounted on the sides, approx. 180 litres total tankage
Body material Aluminium
Type Front engine, 12° inclined position to centre-line
Number of cylinders V8 – 90°
Displacement 2486 ccm
Bore and stroke 76 x 68,5 mm
Camshaft 2 overhead per cylinderbank
Valves 2 per cylinder
Valve control Valve springs
Compression ratio 11,9:1
Lubrication Dry sump
Ignition Magneti Marelli double ignition
Fuel management 4 Solex twin carburettors, type 40 PII
Maximum power Approx. 265 hp – 8.000 rpm
Gearbox 5 gears + rev., transaxle construction
Clutch 2 disc clutch
Engine weight
Director of Gestione Sportiva Nello Ugolini
Design engineer/s Ferrari
Engine Aurelio Lampredi
Good to know:

  • Prototype race car with engine from Lancia-Ferrari D 50
  • Most likely two 555 Super Squalo had the D 50 engines installed
  • Cars entered only in two races
  • Grand Prix Argentina/Buenos Aires, 22.01.1956
    – Peter Collins: retired
    – Olivier Gendebien: 5th place
  • Grand Prix Mendoza/Argentina
    – Peter Collins: 5th place
    – Olivier Gendebien: 6th place