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Ferrari 348 TS - 1989

Overview

348 TS

1989

The convertible version of the 348 TB, with a removable hard top, was powered by the same drive-train as the berlinetta version, giving it equivalent performance. The body was again styled by Pininfarina. The impressive dynamic characteristics of both versions were so ideally suited to the race track that in 1993 a Challenge was established especially for these cars.

Focus on

The 348 ts model was presented concurrently with fixed roof 348 tb at the 1989 Frankfurt Salon, and was fitted with a longitudinally mid-mounted V8 engine. The 348 in the model name referred to the 3.4 litre engine capacity and eight cylinders, whilst the “t” in the designation referred to the transverse gearbox mounted at the rear of the engine.

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Ferrari 348 TS - 1989
Ferrari 348 TS - 1989

The Engine

The engine was a twin overhead camshaft per bank, four valves per cylinder, 3.4 litre V8 unit, initially with factory type reference 119D, then 119 G, and finally 119 G040 when fitted with catalytic converters. It had a total cubic capacity of 3405cc, and a bore and stroke of 85mm x 75mm, with spark plugs between the camshafts, fitted with a Bosch Motronic M2.5 combined fuel injection and ignition system, which was upgraded to the M2.7 version during the production run. At the rear of the mid mounted engine was a transverse five speed plus reverse all synchromesh gearbox and transaxle unit.

The Design

The new model was a radical departure from the design philosophy of its predecessor, not only in the mechanical layout, but also in the style of the body, and the chassis construction. Along with the sister 348 tb model this was the first series production Ferrari not to have a separate tubular steel chassis frame. Instead it used a pressed steel chassis, with a separate tubular steel engine sub-frame bolted to it, with the body panels robot welded, and bolted, to the main structure. The wheelbase was 2450mm, and the chassis carried factory type reference F 119 AS on the ts model.

The Pininfarina designed body was essentially the same as the one on the fixed head 348 tb model, apart from the solid removable roof panel, which could be stowed under a cover behind the seats when not in use. Similarly, the interior was virtually identical to that of the concurrent 348 tb model, apart from the stowage facility for the roof behind the seats.

Ferrari 348 TS - 1989
Ferrari 348 TS - 1989

As with the 348 tb this targa roof model was also eligible to run in the Challenge Race Series for the 348 models, in which clients paid a set fee for a safety/performance kit and track support for the season. The 348 ts model ceased production in 1993 with the announcement of the updated 348 GTS, during the production period a total of 4228 examples were produced in the chassis number range 81651 to 96964, which was approximately one third more than the fixed roof model.

Careful selection of the best shots of the 348 TS  in high definition. The photo gallery shows the distinctive features of this model Ferrari in 1989, focusing on the details and the most important parts.

Careful selection of the best shots of the 348 TS  in high definition. The photo gallery shows the distinctive features of this model Ferrari in 1989, focusing on the details and the most important parts.

Specifications

V8  Engine

Type rear, longitudinal 90° V8
Bore/stroke 85 x 75 mm
Unitary displacement 425.59 cc
Total displacement 3404.70 cc
Compression ratio 10.4 : 1
Maximum power 221 kW (300 hp) at 7200 rpm
Power per litre 88 hp/l
Maximum torque 324 Nm (33 kgm) at 4200 rpm
Valve actuation twin overhead camshafts per bank, four valves per cylinder
Fuel feed Bosch Motronic electronic injection
Ignition Bosch static electronic, single spark plug per cylinder
Lubrication dry sump
Clutch twin-plate
Frame steel monococque with tubular steel rear sub-frame
Front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over gas-filled telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over gas-filled telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Brakes discs
Transmission 5-speed + reverse
Steering rack-and-pinion
Fuel tank capacity 95 litres
Front tyres 215/50 ZR 17
Rear tyres 255/50 ZR 17
Type two-seater targa-top
Length 4230 mm
Width 1894 mm
Height 1170 mm
Wheelbase 2450 mm
Front track 1502 mm
Rear track 1578 mm
Weight 1393 kg (dry)
Top speed over 275 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 5.6 sec
0-400 m -
0-1000 m 24.7 sec