Ferrari 158

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Ferrari 158
Ferrari 1512
Ferrari 158 F1 1964.jpg
CategoryFormula One
Designer(s)Mauro Forghieri
PredecessorFerrari 156 F1
SuccessorFerrari 246 F1-66
Technical specifications[1]
ChassisType 579, aluminum panels with double wall riveted to a tubular steel structure to form a stress-bearing semi-monocoque
Suspension (front)Double wishbones, upper rocker arm, reversed lower wishbone, co-axial inboard coil springs and dampers
Suspension (rear)Upper arm, reversed lower wishbone, co-axial springs/dampers, 2 longitudinal radius arms per side
Length3,950 mm (155.5 in)
Width1,697 mm (66.8 in)
Height768 mm (30.2 in)
Axle track1,350 mm (53.1 in)
Wheelbase2,380 mm (93.7 in)
EngineFerrari Type 205/B, 1,489 cc (90.9 cu in), 90° V8, naturally-aspirated, rear-mounted.
TransmissionFerrari Type 543/C, 6-speed manual
Weight468 kg (1,032 lb) (with water and oil)
Competition history
Notable entrantsScuderia Ferrari,
North American Racing Team
Notable driversUnited Kingdom John Surtees
Italy Lorenzo Bandini
Italy Nino Vaccarella
Debut1964 Monaco Grand Prix
Constructors' Championships1 (1964)
Drivers' Championships1 (1964John Surtees)
n.b. Unless otherwise stated, all data refer to
Formula One World Championship Grands Prix only.

The Ferrari 158 was a Formula One racing car made by Ferrari in 1964 as a successor to the V6-powered Ferrari 156 F1. It was equipped with a 1.5-litre V8 engine, with a bore and stroke of 67.0 mm × 52.8 mm (2.64 in × 2.08 in).[1] The 158 was the first Ferrari Formula One car to use a monocoque chassis.[2] John Surtees drove the Ferrari 158 to win his only Formula One Drivers' World Championship, in 1964.[3]

Ferrari won the 1964 Formula One World Championship by competing in the last two races in cars painted not in the traditional Rosso corsa but in white and blue.[1] These cars were entered by the factory-supported but unofficial NART team, rather than the Scuderia Ferrari factory team.[2] This was done as a protest concerning arguments between Ferrari and the Automobile Club d'Italia regarding the homologation of a new mid-engined Ferrari race car.

Ferrari 1512[edit]

Ferrari also built a flat-12 powered Formula One car using the same chassis as the 158, designated the Ferrari 1512 or Ferrari 512 F1.[4] The flat-12 engine was designed by Mauro Forghieri and displaced 1,489.63 cc (90.903 cu in) with a bore and stroke of 56.0 mm × 50.4 mm (2.20 in × 1.98 in). This engine developed 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) @ 12,000 rpm[4] compared to the 210 PS (154 kW; 207 hp) @ 11,000 rpm of the 158's V8 engine.[1] This power output made it one of the most powerful 1.5-litre Formula One engines, second to Honda's RA271 V12. A total of three 1512 chassis were produced, numbered 0007, 0008 and 0009.[5][6]

The 1512, with its larger, more powerful engine, was designed to be competitive on the longest, fastest circuits of the Formula One season, such as Reims, Spa, and Monza. In this role it complemented the lighter, nimbler V8-powered 158 which was more competitive on small, twisty circuits. The 1512 made its racing debut at the 1964 US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, and raced alongside the 158 during the remainder of 1964 and into 1965.[2]


  • Ferrari 158 chassis with the two different engines

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

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

Year Entrant Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points WCC
1964 Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC 158 Ferrari 205/B 1.5 V8 D MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER AUT ITA USA MEX 45 (49) 1st
Lorenzo Bandini Ret Ret 9 3
John Surtees Ret 2 Ret Ret 3 1 Ret 1
North American Racing Team 2 2
1512 Ferrari 207 1.5 Flat-12 Lorenzo Bandini Ret 3
1965 Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC 158 Ferrari 205/B 1.5 V8 D RSA MON BEL FRA GBR NED GER ITA USA MEX 26 (27) 4th
John Surtees 2 4 Ret 3
1512 Ferrari 207 1.5 Flat-12 3 7 Ret Ret WD WD
Lorenzo Bandini 15 2 9 8 4 4 8
158 Ferrari 205/B 1.5 V8 Ret 9 6
Nino Vaccarella 12
1512 Ferrari 207 1.5 Flat-12 Ludovico Scarfiotti WD
North American Racing Team Pedro Rodriguez 5 7
158 Ferrari 205/B 1.5 V8 Bob Bondurant 9


  1. ^ a b c d "Ferrari 158". F1Technical. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  2. ^ a b c Tanner, Hans; Nye, Doug (1984). Ferrari. Nye, Doug. (6th ed.). Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset: Haynes. ISBN 0854293507. OCLC 12418956.
  3. ^ "Ferrari 158 F1". Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Ferrari 512 F1". F1Technical. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  5. ^ Nye, Doug (2018-09-20). "The Ferrari 1512 is the 1.5-litre Flat-12 you need to know about". Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  6. ^ "Ferrari 512 F1". Retrieved 22 September 2019.

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