1940 Maserati 8CL


1940 Maserati 8CL

1940 Maserati 8CL

After the war, Maserati raced both the Maserati 8CL and Maserati 4CL.

Following on the success of Wilbur Shaw’s win in his Maserati Tipo 8CTF at the Indianapolis 500 in May 1939, the Maserati factory was confident it could repeat this victory in 1940 with its new model monoposto (single seater), the Tipo 8CL. This new racing car was a more powerful.

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submitted byRichard Owen
engineSupercharged Inline-8
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement3981 cc / 242.9 in³
bore78 mm / 3.07 in
stroke78 mm / 3.07 in
compression6.5:1
power309.5 kw / 415.0 bhp @ 6400 rpm
specific output104.25 bhp per litre
bhp/weightbhp per tonne
body / frameAluminum
driven wheelsFront Engine
f brake sizemm / in
r brake sizemm / in
front wheelsF 48.3 x 8.3 cm / 19.0 x 3.3 in
rear wheelsR 48.3 x 10.2 cm / 19.0 x 4.0 in
steeringWorm & Sector
curb weight780 kg / 1720 lbs
wheelbase2790 mm / 109.8 in
front track1350 mm / 53.1 in
rear track1380 mm / 54.3 in
length3830 mm / 150.8 in
width1480 mm / 58.3 in
height1100 mm / 43.3 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
gear ratios:1
top speed~286.5 kph / 178.0 mph