1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Le Mans

Unrivalled on road and track, the 2900 B also appeared in Speciale form and was entered for the 1938 Le Mans 24 hours race with a special aerodynamic superlight body also by Touring. Despite the fact that they had outclassed their opponents, drivers Biondetti and Sommer were held up in the closing stages of the race by a blown tyre. Sommer managed to get the car back to the pits and Biondetti took off again. Having managed to put an amazing 160 km between him and his nearest rival, however, a broken valve put him out of the race. He had, though, achieved a fastest lap time of 154.78 km/h.

1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Le Mans Gallery

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In Detail

engineAll Alloy Inline-8
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationTwin Roots-type Superchargers
valvetrainDOHC, 2 Valves / Cyl-
fuel feedTwin Weber Carburetors
displacement2905 cc / 177.3 in³
bore68 mm / 2.68 in
stroke100 mm / 3.94 in
compression6.3:1
power164.1 kw / 220 bhp @ 5800 rpm
specific output75.73 bhp per litre
bhp/weight200.0 bhp per tonne
body / frameAluminum Body over Light-Gauge Box-Section Frame
driven wheelsRWD
front brakesHydraulic Drums
rear brakesHydraulic Drums
steeringWorm & Sector
f suspensionDouble Trailing Arms w/Coil Springs over Hydraulic Dampers
r suspensionSwing axles w/Radius Arms, Transverse Elliptic Leaf Spring, Hydraulic & Friction Dampers
curb weight1100 kg / 2425 lbs
transmission4-Speed Manual
top speed~240 kph / 149.1 mph