- Ferrari 250
The Ferrari 250 is a sports car built by Ferrari from 1953 to 1964. The company's most successful early line, the 250 series included several variants. It was replaced by the 275 and the 330.
Most 250 road cars share the same two wheelbases, 2,400 mm (94.5 in) for short wheelbase (SWB) and 2,600 mm (102.4 in) for long wheelbase (LWB). Most convertibles used the SWB type.
Nearly all 250s share the same engine: The Colombo Tipo 125 V12. At 2,953 cc (180 cu in), it is not a large engine even for the time, but its light weight and impressive output (up to 280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp)) made a big difference. The Ferrari V12 weighed hundreds of pounds less than its chief competitors — for example, it was nearly half the weight of the Jaguar XK straight-6.
The light V12 propelled the small Ferrari 250 racing cars to numerous victories. <<<>>> line was the 225 S introduced at the 1952 Giro di Sicilia. Two of the two-seat sports prototypes were [read more...]
- Ferrari 159 S
Ferrari 159 S
Ferrari 125 S
Ferrari 166 S
1.9 L (1903 cc) Colombo V12
The 159 S was designed to be the successor to Ferrari's first vehicle, the 125. Unlike its predecessor, which won six of 14 races earlier in 1947, the 159 had a short racing life and was quickly converted into the 166 SC for the following racing season.
Like the 125, the 159 used a steel tube-frame chassis with longitudinal and cross members and had a double wishbone suspension with transverse leaf springs in front with a live axle in the rear. However, Gioacchino Colombo's V12 engine was enlarged from 1.5 L (1497 cc/91 in³) in the 125 to 1.9 L (1903 cc/116 in³) for the 159. This engine produced 125 hp (93 kW) at 7,000 rpm, retaining the three double-choke Weber 30DCF carburettors of its predecessor. Both cars sported five-speed manual [read more...]
- Lamborghini LMA002
The Lamborghini LMA002 was a prototype offroad vehicle designed and built by Lamborghini. It was a followup to the LM001 and was first presented at the 1982 Geneva Auto Show.
Finally seeing the problems with their initial designs (the Cheetah, and the LM001), Lamborghini decided to move the engine to the front. This required a redesign of the entire chassis. This was also the first time the 332 bhp (248 kW) V12 engine from the Countach was actually used in an offroad vehicle, giving it significantly more power than its predecessors. Which was likely necessary, as the redesign increased the overall weight to 2600 kg (5700 lb). Moving of the engine also freed up a large amount of space in the rear, which allowed for enough room to fit six more passengers.
The increased weight required a suspension redesign and the addition of power steering. A five speed transmission with a hydraulic clutch was used. Also, for the first time the four wheel drive capabilities could be turned off, [read more...]
- Bugatti Type 251
- Pagani Zonda
Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout
Mercedes Benz M180 V12
The Pagani Zonda is a mid-engined sports car produced by Pagani in Italy. It debuted in 1999 and continues through the present, with production proceeding at roughly 17-19 cars per year. As of June 2009, 206 Zondas had been built, including test mules. Both 2-seat coupe and convertible versions have been produced. Construction is mainly of carbon fiber.
Some of the early Zonda engineering was done by Formula One champion Juan Manuel Fangio. The car was originally to be named the "Fangio F1" after him but, following his death in 1995, it was renamed for an air current above Argentina.
1999 Zonda C12
6.0 L Mercedes-Benz V12
408 PS [read more...]
- Alfa Romeo P3
Alfa Romeo P3
Grand Prix 750 kg
1932 - Alfa Corse
1933/1935 - Scuderia Ferrari
1932 + Tazio Nuvolari, Rudolf Caracciola, Giuseppe Campari, Baconin Borzacchini
1933 + Louis Chiron, Luigi Fagioli,
1934 + Guy Moll, Achille Varzi, Brian E. Lewis, Carlo Felice Trossi, Gianfranco Comotti
1935 + Raymond Sommer, Comte George de Montbressieux, Richard Shuttleworth, René Dreyfus, Vittorio Belmondo, Mario Tadini, Antonio Brivio, Guido Barbieri, Pietro Ghersi, Renato Balestrero,
1936 + "Charlie" Martin, Comte José María de Villapadierna, Giovanni Battaglia, Clemente Biondetti, Austin Dobson
channel section side members
Semi elliptic leaf springs, friction dampers
1935 independent Dubonnett system with trailing links
Semi elliptic leaf springs, friction dampers
1935 reversed quarter elliptic leaf springs
Front mounted, Alfa Romeo,
Straight-8 (two [read more...]