This website uses affiliate links. When you buy something through these links, we may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

< Overview >

Ferrari racing cars: books - history and technology

A book on Ferrari passenger cars? Here are books on the history, models and technology of Ferrari racing passenger cars.

Ferrari en Formule 1

Ferrari est une légende en Formule 1 et reste à ce jour la seule équipe présente depuis le début du championnat du monde en 1950.
En plus de 500 pages, Peter Nygaard raconte l'histoire fascinante d'Enzo Ferrari et de ses voitures. De la première voiture de Formule 1 à Silverstone jusqu'au championnat 2021 - plus de 1000 grands prix plus tard - la Scuderia est reconnaissable entre toutes.

Tous les aspects sont évoqués à travers plus de 400 photographies : les hauts et les bas, la lutte incessante pour gagner, les querelles intestines et les luttes de pouvoir - à l'usine et sur la piste. Les portraits de tous les pilotes, ingénieurs et managers qui ont tous contribué à la légende de Ferrari sont présents dans l'ouvrage.
Ce livre inédit constitue une histoire belle et dramatique qui donne au lecteur un aperçu unique de l'histoire et de la façon dont un mythe dans le sport automobile a été créé et continue à faire rêver sur la piste et en-dehors.

Author:Peter Nygaard
Specs:512 pages, 31 x 23.5 x 4.3 cm / 12.2 x 9.25 x 1.69 in, paperback
Illustrations:400+ b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Glénat (F, 2021)
Book: Ferrari en Formule 1

Ferrari en Formule 1

Language: French

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA
Buy from Amazon.com

Ferrari's World Champions - The Cars That Beat the World

Few car manufacturers can boast a roll of honour as rich as that of Ferrari, a protagonist on road and track throughout the world for over half a century. The sporting history of the Maranello marque recounted through its championship-winning cars, illustrated with hundreds of previously unpublished colour and black and white photos and accompanied by a brief but authoritative text.

Author:Enrico Mapelli
Specs:112 pages, 27.5 x 25 x 1.7 cm / 10.8 x 9.8 x 0.67 in, hardback
Illustrations:106 b&w and 137 colour photographs
Publisher:Giorgio Nada Editore (IT, 2009)
Book: Ferrari's World Champions - The Cars That Beat the World

Ferrari's World Champions - The Cars That Beat the World

Language: English

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA
Buy from Amazon.com

Grand Prix Ferrari - The Years of Enzo Ferrari's Power, 1948-1980

The history of racing Ferraris is extremely complex, with a succession of brilliant, interesting, and sophisticated competition cars that have vied for supremacy on the race tracks of the world for over 60 years.
In this book, author Anthony Pritchard, a leading motor racing historian and a keen enthusiast of the marque, presents an enthralling narrative of Ferrari's racing history.

Covers the period 1948-80, and Ferrari Formula 1 single-seater racing cars. These were almost all works-entered cars and there were approximately 30 different types.

With detailed model development tables, racing specifications, chassis numbers, and comprehensive race results, this account of Ferrari's formidable motor racing history is supported with 300 colour and black and white photographs.

Author:Anthony Pritchard
Specs:416 pages, 25.5 x 26 x 3.8 cm / 10 x 10.25 x 1.5 in, hardback
Illustrations:300 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2014)
Book: Grand Prix Ferrari - The Years of Enzo Ferrari's Power, 1948-1980

Grand Prix Ferrari - The Years of Enzo Ferrari's Power, 1948-1980

Language: English

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA
Buy from Amazon.com

Ferrari 1960-1965 - The hallowed years

NEW

The subject of this book is Ferrari's racing history from 1960 to 1965, a period that was one of the most successful in the marque's history so far. In this era, which began with completion of the transition from front-engined to rear-engined configuration, Scuderia Ferrari won just about everything with a variety of iconic machinery that included the 'shark-nose' 156 and the fabled 250 GTO.

Driving Formula 1 Ferraris, Phil Hill and John Surtees delivered two World Championship titles in the space of four years. Ferrari sports cars racked up a string of six consecutive victories in the Le Mans 24 Hours, a feat subsequently surpassed only by Porsche.
This book covers this period in detail for the first time and exclusively features the work of one of the greatest racing photographers ever.

Author:William Huon, Bernard Cahier
Specs:368 pages, 29.5 x 25 x 3.2 cm / 11.6 x 9.8 x 1.26 in, hardback
Illustrations:390 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Evro Publishing (GB, 2023)
Book: Ferrari 1960-1965 - The hallowed years

Ferrari 1960-1965 - The hallowed years

Language: English

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA
Buy from Amazon.com

Ferrari 1960-1965 - Le temps des sacres

1960-1965 : le temps des sacres pour la scuderia Ferrari. Une période au cours de laquelle la Scuderia est passée du moteur avant au moteur arrière (ou central), a remporté deux titres de champion du monde des pilotes (P. Hill en 1961 et Surtees en 1964) et a régné sur l'endurance (en remportant notamment six fois consécutivement les 24 Heures du Mans).

Ferraristes chevronnés et amateurs de sport automobile pourront revivre cette période glorieuse et unique dans l'histoire de Ferrari, avec un angle particulièrement humain.

Author:William Huon, Bernard Cahier
Specs:368 pages, 30 x 25 x 3.1 cm / 11.8 x 9.8 x 1.22 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:ETAI (F, 2022)
Book: Ferrari 1960-1965 - Le temps des sacres

Ferrari 1960-1965 - Le temps des sacres

Language: French

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA
Buy from Amazon.com

Forghieri on Ferrari - 1947 to present

Many of the Ferrari single seaters and sports racers that won world championships were born of the imagination of Mauro Forghieri and designed by him. This was the case with the John Surtees 1964 158 F1 and the unbeatable Ts of the Lauda-Regazzoni era.
The same can be said of the 250 P, the 330 P3 and P4, as well, naturally, as the 312 'PB', the unquestioned protagonists among the sports racing cars of the 1960s and 1970s.

The outstanding life of Mauro Forghieri is told in this book, there are many notable stories many of have remained unpublished for years, intertwine in an riveting narrative, supported by a wealth of previously unpublished illustrations, a large portion of which come from the publisher's archives.

Author:Daniele Buzzonetti
Specs:304 pages, 29.5 x 26.5 x 3.7 cm / 11.6 x 10.4 x 1.46 in, hardback
Illustrations:246 b&w and 250 colour photographs
Publisher:Giorgio Nada Editore (IT, 2013)
Book: Forghieri on Ferrari - 1947 to present

Forghieri on Ferrari - 1947 to present

Language: English

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA
Buy from Amazon.com

Ferrari - Debutto a Caracalla

The book recounts, after the unfortunate debut of the first Ferrari in Piacenza on 11 May 1947 (a "promising failure", as Enzo Ferrari himself commented), the victory that came two weeks later at the Rome Grand Prix, at Caracalla's thermal baths.

Text in Italian.

Author:Valerio Moretti
Specs:159 pages, 29.5 x 21 cm / 11.6 x 8.25 in, paperback
Illustrations:profusely illustrated
Publisher:Libreria ASI Service (IT, 2015)
Book: Ferrari - Debutto a Caracalla

Ferrari - Debutto a Caracalla

Language: Italian

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon.com

Ferrari 857S - The remarkable history of 0578M (Exceptional Cars)

Ferrari 857S chassis number 0578M personifies, if an inanimate object can personify anything, Italian road racing. During its first season the car mainly competed in its natural habitat, travelling abroad once and, while its first race was on the purpose built circuit of Monza, it is on the open roads, blasting through Sicilian villages or up spectator-lined mountains in the Valle d'Aosta region that one pictures this four-cylinder engined, evocatively shaped two seater.
Driven by some of the greatest sportscar drivers of the period including Hawthorn, Castellotti, Gendebien, Maglioli, de Portago, Trintignant and Phil Hill, 0578M was rebuilt as part of Ferrari's attempt to challenge Mercedes-Benz in 1955, competing in the Tourist Trophy and Targa Florio before racing at Buenos Aires and Sebring the following season, finishing second in Argentina.

This book:
- records a significant, yet unusual, period in which Ferrari used four-cylinder engines, not only to win the World Drivers' Championship but also in an attempt to remain competitive in sportscar racing.
- dhronicles the full racing history of 0578M including its time as a factory entry and subsequent seasons when it competed in privateer hands both 'Down Under' and in Scandinavia.
- is handsomely illustrated with evocative, period photos, plus a gallery of superb photographs of the car today, restored as it was at the 1956 12-hours of Sebring.
- includes profiles of all those who raced it, from serial Le Mans 24-hours winners to enthusiastic independents.

Author:Ian Wagstaff
Specs:128 pages, 24.5 x 28.5 x 1.9 cm / 9.7 x 11.2 x 0.75 in, hardback
Illustrations:110+ b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Porter Press International (GB, 2020)
Book: Ferrari 857S - The remarkable history of 0578M (Exceptional Cars)

Ferrari 857S - The remarkable history of 0578M

Language: English

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA
Buy from Amazon.com

Ferrari Formula 1 - Car by Car : Every Race Car since 1950

Ferrari has been a top Formula 1 competitor since the series' inception over 70 years ago. From its first dedicated racer, the 125, through the transition to rear-engine cars to today's technological powerhouses, Ferrari has never rested on it laurels.
The longest running team in F1, Ferrari has a record 16 constructor's titles. Its cars have been driven by some of the greatest racers of all time, including Michael Schumacher, Gilles Villeneuve, Phil Hill, Niki Lauda, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, and more.
This book examines every F1 racer Ferrari has campaigned since 1950, each accompanied by exhilarating imagery and technical specifications.

Presented in chronological order, each of Ferrari's F1 cars is featured with:
- An exploration of its design and significant features
- Technical specifications
- A discussion of its racing record
- Spectacular full-page images, both historic and contemporary.

The book wraps up with a full competition record for all of the cars. It is the complete reference to all of the amazing red racers that have cemented Ferrari's reputation as the dominant manufacturer in F1 history.

Author:Stuart Codling
Specs:224 pages, 25.5 x 31.5 x 2.7 cm / 10 x 12.4 x 1.06 in, hardback
Illustrations:200 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbooks International (USA, 2021)
Book: Ferrari Formula 1 - Car by Car : Every Race Car since 1950

Ferrari Formula 1 - Car by Car : Every Race Car since 1950

Language: English

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA
Buy from Amazon.com

Formule 1 Ferrari - Toutes les monoplaces depuis 1950

Ferrari et Formule 1 sont presque devenus synonymes. En effet, la célébrissime firme de Maranello n'a pas manqué une seule saison depuis la fondation du championnat du monde de F1 en 1950. On compte des dizaines de monoplaces légendaires porteuses du blason au cheval cabré, depuis la première 125 puis la 156 au nez de requin des années 1950 jusqu'au tour de force technologique de la SF1000, sans oublier les fabuleux bolides rouges qui ont valu tant de victoires à Niki Lauda puis à Michael Schumacher.

"Formule 1 Ferrari, toutes les monoplaces depuis 1950" examine en détail chaque voiture dans le contexte de la saison correspondante, illustrée d'archives historiques et de photos au cœur de l'action.

Author:Codling Stuart
Specs:224 pages, 25 x 30.5 cm / 9.8 x 12 in, hardback
Illustrations:200 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:ETAI (F, 2021)
Book: Formule 1 Ferrari - Toutes les monoplaces depuis 1950

Formule 1 Ferrari - Toutes les monoplaces depuis 1950

Language: French

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA
Buy from Amazon.com

Sharknose V6 - Ferrari 156, 246 SP & 196 SP

The story of the mid-engined "Sharknose" Ferraris is one of glory and drama. Outstanding victories, such as winning the Formula 1 Championship in 1961 with American driver Phil Hill, are inextricably linked with profound tragedies - for example, the death of Wolfgang von Trips and fifteen spectators at the 1961 Italian Grand Prix in Monza. Newcomer Giancarlo Baghetti, on the other hand, is immortalized in the record books with three wins in his first three Formula 1 appearances.

The team's sporting decline in 1962, after a glorious season the year before with seven Grand Prix victories, is pure drama. Constant intervention in team operations by Ferrari's wife, Laura, drove away the entire leadership cadre of the Scuderia, around Carlo Chiti, leaving to 26-year-old Mauro Forghieri the daunting task of running the team's technical operations. Forghieri rose to the challenge and became one of the towering figures of motorsports.

Pages of the book Sharknose V6 - Ferrari 156, 246 SP & 196 SP (1)

While the monoposto 156, an icon in the world of Formula 1 and with irresistible styling by Fantuzzi, became a legend, the sports prototypes, also drawn by Fantuzzi, with their low weight and aerodynamically optimised shapes, had an enduring effect on the development of two-seat race cars in the years to follow.
They celebrated wins in the Targa Florio, on the Nürburgring, and in the European Hill Climb Championship.

This book, with many previously unpublished images from the archives of the incomparable Bernard Cahier, paints a detailed picture of one of the most exciting epochs in motorsports, and one of its greatest icons - the Ferrari 156, and its prototype siblings, the 246 SP and 196 SP.

Pages of the book Sharknose V6 - Ferrari 156, 246 SP & 196 SP (2)

Author:Rainer Rossbach, Joerg-Thomas Foedisch
Specs:432 pages, 29 x 29 cm / 11.4 x 11.4 in, hardback
Illustrations:353 b&w and 75 colour photographs
Publisher:McKlein Media GmbH & Co. KG (D, 2019)
Book: Sharknose V6 - Ferrari 156, 246 SP & 196 SP

Sharknose V6 - Ferrari 156, 246 SP & 196 SP

Language: English + German

Buy from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon CA
Buy from Amazon.com

Related titles:

312 P - One of Ferrari's most beautiful racers

312 P - One of Ferrari's most beautiful racers

Gianni Agnesa

English + German + Italian | hardback, in cassette | 264 p. | 2019

Ferrari 333 SP: A Pictorial History, 1993-2003

Ferrari 333 SP : A Pictorial History, 1993-2003

Terry O'Neil

English | hardback | 416 p. | 2020

Ferrari 333 SP (WSC Giants)

Ferrari 333 SP

Terry O'Neill

English | paperback | 128 p. | 2015

< Top >


The TMB Bookshop offers not only general books about Ferrari . Click here to discover all books about Ferrari (including technical books like workshop manuals, restauration manuals, driver's handbooks, parts catalogues, etc.).


Last update:05-04-2024