Ferrari 156 racing car with driver Phil Hill, Monza 1961
One of the most legendary Formula 1 racing cars is certainly the Ferrari 156 with the “shark mouth”, which had its debut in 1961 and immediately took 1st and 2nd place. Originally only 4 m long but equipped with almost 200 HP and a weight of approx. 430 kg, this Ferrari is a real rocket. MaxFlite now offers this classic racing car as a wind spinner to decorate your garden or balcony. The model was chosen with which the American racing driver Phil Hill won the world championship title in 1961 in the dramatic race in Monza. This sophisticated wind chime extends the new maxFlite series of wind turbine vehicles with another piece of jewelry. Of course, the wind turbine car shines in the familiar red of the Scuderia Ferrari.
Thanks to its 1.5-liter V6 engine, the original car was superior to the competition in its first season. It was beaten only in 3 races during 1961. The 156 was the first Ferrari with a mid-engine, which can also be seen very well on the detailed printed wind wheel as some engine details are visible. The nickname “Sharknose” came about because of the characteristic air inlets on the front of the vehicle nose. Of course, the Ferrari also has this special feature as a windmillcar.
The free-standing wheels of the racing cars of this time are ideal for being driven by the wind. In the usual, high-quality way, maxFlite combines the proven rustproof stainless steel sheets with detailed printed stickers in order to transfer all features of the original speedster to the wind spinner model. With 5 ball bearings, you can buy a top quality wind turbine to decorate your garden.
Make your own garden or balcony a racetrack for your legendary Ferrari 156 as a sleek wind wheel. Marvel at the rims flashing at top speed and fabulous driving maneuvers when the wind turbine car of the rapid 1960s hits the wind in your garden.
[Length: 51 cm; Width: 16 cm; Height on the stick: approx. 80 cm; Weight: approx. 700 g]
Facts and Figures
- The 1.5 liter V6 engine of the Ferrari 156 compensated for imperfections in the chassis and thus helped the car to its superiority. The engine was designed by Mauro Forghieri, who was responsible for the Ferrari racing engines for 25 years after 1961. As a wind wheel, the wind decides the performance and speed of this special garden decoration. In the original, the change from a 65 degree V-angle to a V-angle of 120 ° brought about the improvement, since the crankshaft receives more regular power impulses from the pistons.
- Mastermind Carlo Chiti left the Ferrari racing team after the 1961 season. After unsuccessful years and the dominance in 1963 by Jim Clark with the Lotus 25, Ferrari only managed to win world championships again in 1964. But then with the successor Ferrari 158.
- A copy of the Ferrari 156 racing legend can be viewed in the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile in Turin. As a wind spinner car, you can display it in miniature in your garden.
- Phil Hill (1927 – 2008) was the first American racing driver to become the Formula 1 World Champion. He also won the Le Mans 24 Hours with Ferrari in 1958, 1961 and 1962. He also won the Sebring 12-hour race and the Argentina 1000 km each three times. The German automobile racing driver Graf Berghe von Trips was the leader in Formula 1 in 1961 and only needed one point for the World Championship at the race in Monza. However, Berghe von Trips was killed in a collision with Jim Clark. With him 15 more spectators. This accident is also known as the “black hour of Formula 1”. The race continued and teammate Phil Hill became world champion with 34 points, ahead of Berghe von Trips with 33 points, who posthumously became vice world champion.
- ‘PROVA MO 36’ is attached to the left and right of the vehicle rear. This was the usual test car labeling at Ferrari. PROVA stands for Italian test car, MO for the province of Modena (administrative center of Ferrari) and then a consecutive number.