Ferrari 315 S 

  • built in Italy
  • 1957
  • 360 HP 3.8L
Jano's design used screwed in tappets which acted directed on the camshaft.
With the new cylinder heads that bolted straight onto the 1956 block, power was up to 330 bhp and redline was increased from 6500 to 8000 rpm.

Data points Key details of the Ferrari 315 S


315 S
360 HP
987 HP
750 HP

Engine size

315 S
3,783 cc
7,993 cc
6,498 cc

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Ferrari 315 S
The rest of the season was lackluster for Ferrari, losing Lemans and the Nurburgring to Aston and Jaguar, The final round at Venezuela decided the championship between Ferrari and Maserati, but nearly all the Maseratis dropped out, leaving Ferrari with the championship.
These engines grew over the season by increasing to the bore and at the Mille Miglia 390 bhp had been realized with the Type 335 S. The rest of the car was adopted from the older cars, and the chassis was similar to the 290 MM and 375 Plus with its large oval tubes triangulated by smaller diameter supports.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Ferrari
Type of car Race car
Year 1957


Drivetrain RWD w/LSD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 5 gears

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 1,940 lb
Front track width 51.6 in
Wheelbase 92.5 in

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.39 lb/hp
Maximum hp 360 HP @ 7,800 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 3,783 cc
Cylinders V12
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 9:1
Bore/stroke 2.99 in / 2.74 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 2 valves
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