A Fiat or a Ferrari?
|Written by SCM Staff|
The foibles of “production” car racing and homologation rules have given rise to some rather interesting machinery over the years. Nutty Plymouth Superbirds and road-going Ford GT40s are at one end of the spectrum, and Ferrari’s first V6 engine is at the other.
Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari envisioned the V6 as an ideal Formula 2 engine before his untimely death in 1956. But the engine didn’t come to fruition until nearly a decade later. By then, there was simply no way that Ferrari could build a sufficient number of Dino 206 GTs to successfully homologate the engine for racing.
Il Commendatore then turned to Fiat to find another outlet for the brilliant 2-liter, DOHC V6 engine.