Ferrari 250 GT SWB
The 250 GT SWB used a body very similar to those of the 250 GT LWB Interim Berlinetta campaigned throughout the 1960 season. The largest visual difference between the two is the lack of the Interim’s fixed rear quarter windows on the SWB. The new chassis was similar in design to the 250 GTs raced in the 1950s but the wheelbase was shortened by 20 mm to 2400 mm, hence Short Wheelbase (SWB). A wheelbase of 2400 mm is considered as the ideal length, to allow for good cornering characteristics (the shorter, the better) and straight-line stability (the longer, the better). It is not a coincidence that the most successful racer ever, the Bugatti Type 35, has a 2400 mm wheelbase. Another major improvement was the replacement of drum brakes by discs, all around. This was the first time the factory equipped discs appeared on a 250 GT. The Ferrari 250 GT SWB is a rear wheel drive automobile, with its motor placed in the front, and a 2 door coupé body designed by Pininfarina. Powering the Ferrari 250 GT SWB is a single overhead camshaft, 3 litre naturally aspirated 12 cylinder powerplant, with 2 valves per cylinder that provides power and torque figures of 276 bhp (280 PS/206 kW) at 7000 rpm and 260 N·m (192 lb·ft/26.5 kgm) at 6000 rpm respectively. The engine delivers its power through to the wheels via a 4 speed manual transmission. The stated weight at the kerb is 957 kg. It is said to be able to achieve a maxiumum speed of 270 km/h (168 mph).