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Overview

340 Mexico

1952

Resounding success in the 1951 Carrera Panamericana convinced Enzo Ferrari to create this car. Only four examples were built in all by Vignale: three Berlinettas and one Spider.

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Ferrari 340 Mexico - 1952
Ferrari 340 Mexico - 1952

To meet the incredible competition head on, a more geared-up fifth gear was added as were new cylinder heads with quadruple carburettors that would further boost the engine’s already impressive power. The rear axle and transmission were also further strengthened. Chinetti and Lucas went on to finish the race in third position.

Specifications

V12 Engine

Type front, longitudinal 60° V12
Bore/stroke 80 x 68 mm
Unitary displacement 341.80 cc
Total displacement 4101.66 cc
Compression ratio 8 : 1
Maximum power 206 kW (280 hp) at 6600 rpm
Power per litre 68 hp/l
Maximum torque -
Valve actuation single overhead camshaft per bank, two valves per cylinder
Fuel feed three Weber 40 DCF/3 carburettors
Ignition single spark plug per cylinder, two coils
Lubrication wet sump
Clutch multi-plate
Frame tubular steel
Front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, transverse leaf spring, hydraulic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension live axle, twin radius arms, semi-elliptic springs, hydraulic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Brakes drums
Transmission 5-speed + reverse
Steering worm and sector
Fuel tank capacity 150 litres
Front tyres 5.50 x 16
Rear tyres 6.50 x 16
Type two-seater berlinetta, spider
Length 4201 mm
Width 1503 mm
Height 1333 mm (berlinetta)
Wheelbase 2600 mm
Front track 1278 mm
Rear track 1250 mm
Weight 900 kg (dry, berlinetta)
Top speed 282 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h -
0-400 m -
0-1000 m -