In the mid-1960s, Ferrari wanted to go racing in Formula Two. The rub was, they needed a two-liter engine, and they needed to produce it to the tune of 500 units in order to placate the FIA.
The FIA required the engine to be production-based and to have no more than six cylinders. Ferrari, as a company, was not producing enough engines per year, let alone enough cars to qualify them. So Ferrari turned to Fiat to scale up production of the engines. The engine, designed by Vittorio Jano, was entrusted to Aurelio Lampredi to engineer for road and series production. The engine, like all other six-cylinder engines since the ’50s, was called a Dino.
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