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  Ferrari F310

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1996
Numbers built:6
Internal name:648
Designed by:John Barnard
Predecessor:Ferrari 412 T2
Successor:Ferrari F310B
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:November 05, 2013
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Click here to download printer friendly versionFor Ferrari 1996 was a season of profound change; the near sacred V12 was replaced by a more competitive V10 and perhaps even more importantly two-time World Champion Michael Schumacher was signed as the lead driver. He was joined by fellow new signing Eddie Irvine, while the 1995 driver line up of Gerhard Berger and Jean Alesi moved to Schumacher's former team, Benetton.

Following the displacement limit reduction from 3,500 cc to 3,000 that came into effect in 1995 and the domination of the Renault V10, the switch from the hallow V12 was inevitable. Dubbed the Tipo 046, the all-alloy engine used the same 75° as the previous year's V12. It featured twin overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and a relatively short stroke to allow for very high engine speeds. Ferrari's first V10 produced 715 hp at 15,500 rpm.

With most of the development work focused on the engine, designer John Barnard created a new car with the intention to continuously develop the package throughout the year. Dubbed the F310 after the new engine, it featured a carbon-fibre monocoque chassis with double wishbones and push-rod actuated springs and dampers on all four corners. The aerodynamics package was also straightforward and it was the only car on the grid with a low nose.

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