Ferrari

Ferrari

1947

FIRST VICTORY

THE 125 S AT ROME GP

FIRST VICTORY
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1948
FIRST VICTORY
1947FIRST VICTORY
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1947
1947FIRST VICTORY
1948Launch of 166 MM
1949TRIUMPH AT LE MANS
1950
1950A RED MILLE MIGLIA
1950DEBUT IN F1
1951FIRST F1 WIN
1952MARZOTTO'S MONACO WIN
1952VICTORY FOR ASCARI
1953SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONS
1954LAST PAN AMERICAN
1954QUEEN OF PARIS
1955THE LADY OF THE COUPÉ
1956FANGIO CHAMPION
1957LAST MILLE MIGLIA
1957CALIFORNIA DREAMING
1958ELEGANT CHAMPION
1959AMERICAN RESISTANCE
1960
1960SERIES BEGINS
1961RED MONOPOLY
1962MASTERPIECE
1963LE MANS, ITALY
1964HERO OF THE TWO WORLDS
1965VICTORY AT TARGA
1966365 P JEWEL
1967LEGENDARY FINISH
1968TRIBUTE TO THE TRIUMPH
1968ARGENTINE TANGO
1969DINO OF TASMANIA
1969MASTERS OF EUROPE
1969A NEW PARTNER
1970
1970THE 512 S MIRACLE
1971THE 365 GT4 BB
1972CLEAN SWEEP FOR 312 P
1972HOME TRACK
1973DINO 308 GT4 ARRIVES
1974FEVER AT 50
1975LAUDA CHAMPION
1975FIRST TIME
1976AUTOMATICALLY LOVELY
1977NIKI DOUBLE
1978PROPHET AT HOME
1979SCHECKTER WORLD TITLE
1980
19804 PLACES, 8TH TITLE
1981TURBO WIN IN MONACO
1982UNSTOPPABLE 308 GTB
1983OPEN AIR PLEASURE
1984FIRST OF A KIND
1984MASTERPIECE OF STYLE
1985328, LAST ACT
1986AMERICAN SURPRISE
1987ENZO’S DREAM
1988DAY OF FAREWELL
1989MANSELL’S GEARS
1990
1990100TH F1 WIN
1991EVOLUTION OF AN ICON
1992A CLASSIC GT
1993DEDICATED TO CUSTOMERS
1994EXTREME REFINEMENT
1995F1 IN A ROAD CAR
1996SCHUMY’S FIRST
1997REVOLUTIONARY GEARBOX
1998SHAPE AND SPEED
1999RETURN TO THE TOP
2000
200021 YEARS LATER
2001SECOND WORLD TITLE
2002HOMAGE TO THE FOUNDER
2003REMEMBERING AGNELLI
2004UNSTOPPABLE
2005SUPERAMERICA MAGIC
2006EXCLUSIVE XX PROGRAMME
2007KIMI FINAL MASTERPIECE
2008STILL CHAMPIONS
2009BENCHMARK CAR
2010
2010RED FUN
2011FF FOR EVERY CONDITION
2012PERFORMANCE AND DESIGN
2013EXTREME INNOVATION
2014THE ULTIMATE
2015INTO THE FUTURE
201670 YEARS OF AN ICON
2016STOCK MARKET LAUNCH
2017HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY!
2018Farewell Sergio
2019
1947The birth of a legend

FIRST VICTORY 

THE 125 S AT ROME GP
There’s a first time for everything, be it your first day at school or the day you started your first job. These events live on inside you as memories.
There’s a first time for everything, be it your first day at school or the day you started your first job. These events live on inside you as memories. This is the case for Ferrari and its first victory which came in 1947 courtesy of the 125 S. That win would be the first milestone in the genuinely unparalleled sporting career of a team that has clocked up more Formula 1 victories than any other. That first win had its roots in mid-1945 when Enzo Ferrari commissioned Gioachino Colombo to design a completely innovative car for him. Ferrari’s ambition was, of course, to beat the Alfa Romeos which he knew intimately as he had spent so much time with the Milan team, first as a driver, then as sporting director, racking up triumph after triumph in the pre-War years. As far as Enzo Ferrari was concerned the engine was the heart of any car. Hence his incredible focus on the power unit from that first design onwards. The choice fell on a 12-cylinder architecture, which would have the power to deliver the kind of performance required. The engine moniker, 125, referenced its unit displacement: 125 multiplied by 12 gives the overall displacement of the engine, a mere 1,500cc.
The months flew by as work ploughed ahead on building the engine with Gioachino Colombo handing over the design reins to Giuseppe Busso. Luigi Bazzi assisted in the fine tuning and the unit’s power output burgeoned on the test-bench, eventually rising to just under 120 bhp at 6,800 rpm. In the meantime, Gilco of Milan, a company that specialised in high-strength steel tubing for the aeronautical industry, was busy making the tubular chassis.
It was stiff but light, just as Ferrari had requested, with two longitudinal side members and a central X-shaped cross-member in oval-section tubes. On March 12 1947, an engine roared across the countryside between Maranello and nearby Formigine. The as-yet-unbodied 125 had sprung to life and the great Ferrari adventure had begun. Two months later, on May 11 1947, the 125 S made its racing debut at the Piacenza Circuit. The S in its name stood for Sport, referring to its open sports car body style. At its wheel was Franco Cortese. Two cars were actually entered in the race – the second was a 125 C which, although identical in terms of its running gear had a narrow single-seater body (hence the C for ‘competition’). Nino Farina was selected to drive it. Unfortunately, the Turin-born driver was unhappy with the car he’d been allotted and demanded his team-mate’s vehicle. Ferrari refused and Farina failed to show at the start.
Cortese’s 125 S was leading the race when it had to retire with a fuel pump failure. Enzo Ferrari later dubbed the maiden race “a promising failure”. Happily, it was a failure that lasted a mere nine days as, on May 20 1947, Franco Cortese drove the 125 S to victory in the Rome Grand Prix. He completed 40 laps of the Terme di Caracalla circuit laid out on the tree-lined boulevards around the ancient Roman baths, for a total of 137.6 kilometres, at an average speed of 88.5 km/h. This was the first of six victories the car went on to deliver in 1947, one of the most notable of which was at Parma with Tazio Nuvolari at its wheel.

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