1931 Maserati 8C 2800

1931 Maserati 8C 2800

1931 Maserati 8C 2800

Final evolution of the original Maserati Tipo 26 to compete against the latest Alfa Romeo 8C Monza and Tipo A as well as against the T 51 Bugatti. It was fitted with a Tipo 26M engine with its cylinders bored out by 4 mm to arrive at its limit of 2.8 litres and produced 205 bhp at 5,500 rpm.

Developed in close collaboration with carburettor maker Edoardo Weber of Bologna. The compact, low-line body ensured improved aerodynamics. Top speed was between 210 and 230 km/h (130 to 143 mph). Of the 14 Tipo 26Ms (or 8C 2500s) made, at least four received the 2.8-litre engine and re-body, transforming them into 8C 2800s.

The Maserati 8C-2800 made its debut in the 1931 French Grand Prix at Montlhery, just south of Paris, where the rugged Luigi Fagioli broke the lap record. A second car was available in time for Rene Dreyfus to drive it in the Monza Grand Prix that September, where Fagioli won in spectacular style.

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1931 Maserati 8C 2800 In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
valvetrainDOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement2811 cc / 171.5 in³
bore69 mm / 2.72 in
stroke94 mm / 3.7 in
power152.9 kw / 205.0 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output72.93 bhp per litre
bhp/weightbhp per tonne
driven wheelsFront Engine
front tiresDunlop 5.5×19
rear tiresDunlop 5.5×19
front brakesMechanical Drums
f brake sizemm / in
rear brakesMechanical Drums
r brake sizemm / in
front wheelsF 45.7 x 7.6 cm / 18.0 x 3.0 in
rear wheelsR 45.7 x 8.3 cm / 18.0 x 3.3 in
steeringWorm & Sector
wheelbase2750 mm / 108.3 in
front track1340 mm / 52.8 in
rear track1360 mm / 53.5 in
length3840 mm / 151.2 in
width1565 mm / 61.6 in
height1210 mm / 47.6 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
gear ratios:1
top speed~209.2 kph / 130.0 mph