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. It 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]

Trossi had many exciting hobbies: racing boats and airplanes in addition to cars. He 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".[2][better source needed]

Personal life[edit]

Trossi was born in Biella, Italy. Due to a brain tumor, he died in Milan at only 41 years of age.[3]

Racing record[edit]

Complete European Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 EDC Pts
1935 Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo Tipo B/P3 Alfa Romeo 3.2 L8s MON
Ret1
FRA BEL GER SUI ITA ESP 1
1936 Scuderia Torino Maserati V8RI Maserati 4.8 V8s MON
Ret
ITA
7
7th 23
Maserati 4C 2500 Maserati 2.5 L4s GER
8
SUI
1937 Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo 12C-36 Alfa Romeo 4.1 V12s BEL
Ret
GER MON SUI ITA
8
17th 35
1938 Officine A. Maserati Maserati 8CTF Maserati 3.0 L8s FRA GER SUI ITA
DSQ
36th 32
Source:[4]
Notes
  • ^1 – As a co-driver Trossi was ineligible for championship points

Post WWII Grandes Épreuves results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5
1947 Alfa Corse Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 158 1.5 L8s SUI
3
BEL
3
ITA
1
FRA
1948 Alfa Corse Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 158 1.5 L8s MON SUI
1
FRA ITA
Ret
GBR
Source:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Road & Track, April 1972.
  2. ^ Piloti Che Gente, Enzo Ferrari, 1893
  3. ^ Saward, Joe. "Jean-Pierre Wimille: The man who would have been champion..." Archived 2001-06-17 at the Wayback Machine at grandprix.com
  4. ^ "Drivers – Carlo Felice Trossi". kolumbus.fi. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  5. ^ "Carlo Felice Trossi – Biography". MotorSportMagazine. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
Sporting achievements
Preceded by
Rudolf Caracciola
European Hill Climb Champion
(for Racing Cars)

1933
Succeeded by
Xavier Perrot
(1972)