Carlo Felice Trossi

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Trossi at the 1934 Grand Prix automobile de Montreux

Count Carlo Felice Trossi (27 April 1908 – 9 May 1949) was an Italian racecar driver and auto constructor.

Racing career[edit]

During his career, he raced for three different teams: Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo and, briefly, Maserati. He won the 1947 Italian Grand Prix and the 1948 Swiss Grand Prix.

The 1935 Trossi-Monaco, usually on display at the Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile

Trossi backed one of the most unusual Grand Prix cars, the Trossi-Monaco of 1935. This car featured a 16-cylinder, two-stroke cycle, two-row radial, air-cooled engine and an aircraft-like body designed by Augusto Monaco. The car was a spectacular failure and never raced in a Grand Prix event.[1]

He had many exciting hobbies: racing boats and airplanes in addition to cars. Count Felice Trossi was also the president of the Scuderia Ferrari in 1932. Enzo Ferrari said of him "He was a great racer but never wanted to make the effort to reach a dominant position" and I remember him with emotion since he was one of the first to believe in my scuderia of which he was a part". [ ref. Piloti Che Gente, Enzo Ferrari, 1893].

Personal life[edit]

Trossi was born in Biella, Italy. Due to a brain tumor, he died in Milan at only 41 years of age.[2]

Racing record[edit]

Post-WWII Grandes Épreuves results[edit]


Year Entrant Chassis 1 2 3 4 5
1947 Alfa Corse Alfa Romeo 158 SUI
1948 Alfa Corse Alfa Romeo 158 MON SUI


Sporting achievements
Preceded by
Rudolf Caracciola
European Hill Climb Champion
(for Racing Cars)

Succeeded by
Xavier Perrot