This new version of the F2 was first raced at Monza on 13-9-53
There were two – driven by Maglioli and Carini, while Ascari, Villoresi, Farina and Hawthorn had the 500 and Rosier another 500. The surprise winner was Fangio with the Maserati, whilst Ascari was slowed down by an accident on the last lap.
The presence of these cars with drivers who specialised in sports races rather than this type was obviously a dress rehearsal for the new engine and the new chassis for the following year’s F1.
The engine was completely redesigned, with a shorter stroke and other modifications and, thanks to complete interchangeability, could also be used in the F1 version.
Weight (with liquids)
Typefront, longitudinal in-line four
Bore/stroke93 x 73.5 mm
Unitary displacement499.27 cc
Total displacement1997.11 cc
Compression ratio13 : 1
Maximum power132 kW (180 hp) at 7200 rpm
Power per litre90 hp/l
Valve actuationtwin overhead camshafts per bank, two valves per cylinder
Fuel feedtwo Weber 50 DCOA3 carburettors
Front suspensionindependent, unequal-length wishbones, lower transverse leaf spring, Houdaille hydraulic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar