Gioacchino Colombo
Gioacchino Colombo
Full Name Gioacchino Colombo
Date of Birth 9 January 1903
Date of Death 24 April 1987
Occupation Engine Designer
Employer Alfa Romeo, Scuderia Ferrari, Maserati and Bugatti
Years Active 1924 - 1956

Gioacchino Colombo (1903–1988) was an Italian automobile engine designer who work for notbale teams including Alfa Romeo and Ferrari.


Early LifeEdit

Colombo was born in Lagano, Italy on the 9th January.

Alfa RomeoEdit

In 124 he begn working for Alfa Romeo as an assistant to the great Vittorio Jano on the Alfa Romeo P2. In 1937  Colombo designed the 158 engine for the 1937 Alfetta at the request of Enzo Ferrari.


After the Second World War Enzo Ferrari asked Colombo to design a small V12 for use in the new Ferrari marque's racing and road cars. The first Ferrari-Colombo engine appeared on May 11, 1947. Colombo's great work for Ferrari was a tiny 1.5 L V12, first used in the Tipo 125, 159, and then 166 sports cars. This engine, known in Ferrari circles as the "Colombo engine", was produced for road cars and endurance racing cars for more than 15 years in displacements up to 3.3 L. These included the famed 3.0 L Ferrari 250 racing, sports, and GT cars.

Return to AlfaEdit

Colombo left Ferrari in 1950 and returned to Alfa Romeo. Here, he oversaw the company's racing efforts, including the success that year of Nino Farina and, in 1951, Juan-Manuel Fangio.


In 1953, Colombo turned to Maserati and created the 250F Grand Prix car.


In 1955 he moved on to Bugatti which was trying to revive its fortunes with an F1 program but the mid-engined 251 was not a success when it appeared in 1956.


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