Ferrari 553

Ferrari 553 image

Active: 1953 - 1954
Team: Scuderia Ferrari SpA


Engine: Type 553, front-mounted naturally-aspirated in-line 4, light alloy cylinder block and head, 138 mm connecting rods, steel cylinder liners, water cooled
Bore & Stroke: 93 x 73.5 mm
Unitary and Total Displacement: 499.27/1,997.11cc
Compression Ratio: 13:1
Max. Power Output: 180 bhp at 7,200 rpm
Timing Gear: 2 valves per cylinder, gear-driven twin overhead camshafts with tappets and rollers
Fuel Feed: 2 side-draught Weber 50 DCOA-3 twin-choke carburettors
Ignition: Twin-plug with 2 Marelli magnetos
Lubrication System: Dry sump
Transmission: Rear-wheel drive, multi-plate clutch, 4-speed gearbox + reverse, in unit with limited-slip differential
Gear Ratios: Variable depending on circuit
Chassis: Type 553, tubular steel
Front Suspension: Double wishbones, transverse lower leaf spring, anti-roll bar and Houdaille hydraulic lever dampers
Rear Suspension: De Dion live axle, twin radius arms, transverse lower leaf spring and Houdaille hydraulic lever dampers
Brakes: Hydraulic drums all round, separate master cylinder for front and rear axle
Steering: Worm and sector
Length, width and height: 3,988/1,427/1,020 mm
Wheelbase and Front/ Rear Track: 2,160/1,278/1,250 mm
Kerb Weight (with water and oil): 590 kg
Front Tyres: 5.25/5.50x16"
Rear Tyres: 6.50x16"
Wheels: Wire wheels, front 3.50x16", rear 5.50x16"
Fuel Tank: Gasoline alcohol mixture, 2 side tanks
Bodywork: Aluminium single-seater body with 2 side fuel tanks