1947 Maserati A6GCS


1947 Maserati A6GCS

1947 Maserati A6GCS

After the war, Maserati raced both the 8CL and 4CL. Right before the Maserati brothers left the firm they created, they helped design a new Inline-6 engine aimed at formula II racing. This engine provided a basis from the A6 and the sports race cars that followed it.

While the engine had debuted in Maserati‘s first road car, it was quickly adapted for competition use. Officially known as the ‘2000 Sport’, the new Maserati sports racer was much known as the A6GCS. The first A6GCS sported a coupe body but this was quickly abandoned in a favour of a much lighter ‘siluro’ or cycle fender body, created for Maserati by Medardo Fantuzzi. One of the design’s most recognisable features was a single headlight (monofaro) mounted in the grille.

The A6GCS was campaigned by the works team and also offered to customers. Development on the car was continuous, so no two were exactly alike. Among the first changes was the adoption of an alloy cylinder block and to the final models dry-sump lubrication was also fitted. The very last car sported a twin-cam cylinder head that had been developed for the A6GCM Formula 2 racer.

Eventually little over a dozen of the original A6GCS were produced before it was replaced by the A6GCS/53.

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In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine Inline-6
valvetrain SOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement 1978 cc / 120.7 in³
bore 72 mm / 2.83 in
stroke 81 mm / 3.19 in
compression 11.0:1
power 96.9 kw / 129.9 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output 65.67 bhp per litre
bhp/weight bhp per tonne
driven wheels Front Engine
front tires Pirelli 5.5×16
rear tires Pirelli 5.5×15
front brakes Hydrualic Drums
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes Hydrualic Drums
r brake size mm / in
front wheels F 40.6 x 8.9 cm / 16.0 x 3.5 in
rear wheels R 38.1 x 8.9 cm / 15.0 x 3.5 in
steering Worm Gear
curb weight 580 kg / 1279 lbs
wheelbase 2310 mm / 90.9 in
front track 1210 mm / 47.6 in
rear track 1150 mm / 45.3 in
length 3690 mm / 145.3 in
width 1380 mm / 54.3 in
height 900 mm / 35.4 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
gear ratios :1
top speed ~189.9 kph / 118.0 mph