Many in the automotive and racing industry were taken aback when Ferrari moved away from the 12 Cylinder engine in favor of a four banger. Engineer Aurelio Lampredi was convinced that he could get better performance on winding circuits by making these modifications with the engine. His thought paid off tenfold for driver Alberto Ascari and owner Enzo Ferrari.What made this beauty special was the incorporation of a rear mounted four speed manual transmission, aluminum alloy block, and a gear-driven DOHC valvetrain. To maximize performance the Type 110 Inline-4 engine was utilized along with two Weber 40 DCOA/3 carburetors. To help lighten the weight on the track, aluminum panels were placed over a steel tube.The Mondial sported double wishbone suspension in the front and De Dion type in the rear. Both suspension systems included a Transverse Leaf Spring and Houdaille Shocks. It provided a smooth and sleek ride over terrain presented and placed first in 6 out of 8 racing events under the hand of Ascari.This beauty managed to turn out 155 mph, and was certainly a contender in its class. The series however was short lived and replaced by the now infamous Testa Rossa by 1956. Such is the way it goes in the automobile industry for racing and street car alike.The classics never lose in their appeal. The 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider embodied the look and performance of excellence that people have come to expect with the Ferrari name. From the excellent coachwork from Pinn Farina and Scaglietti to the engineering prowess of Aurelio Lampredi delivered as promised.
Ferrari is an Italian company that was founded by Enzo Ferrari in Italy in 1929. The company started out making racing cars only. In 1947 they began to also manufacturer cars that were legal to drive on the streets as well. The company manufactured many popular styles of cars, but the one that is particularly commanding is the 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta. There were 25 of these competition sports cars built. MM in the car’s name stands for Mille Miglia, a race in which a 166 MM Barchetta was a winner in 1949. Barchetta is Italian for ‘little boat.’
The body of the 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta was designed by a company called Carrozzeria Touring. The car is lightweight, has a simple style, and has an oval shape with rounded edges. The length of the car is 142 inches, it’s 60 inches wide and 42 inches high, and has a curb weight of 1,433 pounds.
For a small car, the 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta is packed with a lot of power. It has a V-12, 2-liter engine, has a 2,562 cc single overhead-camshaft, with horsepower estimated at 140. It has a 5-speed gearbox with a dry, single-plate clutch and it can go from 0 to 100 in 27 seconds.
Other features of the 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta are an independent front suspension, a rigid rear axle, three Weber 36 DCF carburetors, Houdaille lever shocks, twin exhausts and four hydrualic brake drums. There is also a riveted fuel tank that holds about 23.76 gallons of fuel. Gauges in the car include a tachometer, a fuel pressure gauge, oil pressure gauge, and temperature gauges for the oil and water. There is no odometer in the car, however, because the car was intended for competition only.
Ferrari is a name that is synonymous with speed and power. The 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta fits the Ferrari brand perfectly.
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When you think of performance vehicles, Ferrari is a manufacturer that is most always at the top of anyone’s list. The 1992 Ferrari 348 ts features a 2-door targa style body with rear wheel drive and a 5 speed manual transmission. This baby accelerates from 0-60 in 5.6 seconds and from 0-100 in just under 6 seconds. The 348 ts achieves a top rated speed of 170 mph. This is a blistering pace for a modern sports car.
Measuring in at 166 inches from front to rear the Ferrari 348 ts has a wheelbase of 96.5 inches. It is rated with an estimated driving distance of 415 miles per tank. Though not rated as a fuel efficiency car, this machine would be a valuable asset to any automobile collection.
Featuring a Ferrari Dino V8 Tipo F19 engine with indirect injection and natural aspiration, the 348 maximizes performance. The Bosch Motronic 2.5 DOHC helps to attain a 296 HP rating with 238 ft-pd of torque. When you are behind the wheel, you can feel the power surging through.
With a longitudinal placement, the engine, transmission, and rear suspension were contained in a tube that is removable and sports a rear sub-frame. Other innovative additions to the Ferrari 348 include a centrally located fuel tank, double-redundant anti-lock breaks, and optional traction control.