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Ferrari 375 Plus - 1954

Overview

375 Plus

1954

After winning the Auto Sport World Championships in 1953, Enzo Ferrari decided to build a small series of spiders that would spearhead the Scuderia’s latest assault on the World title. These cars were to be known as the 375 PLUS for which Aurelio Lampredi developed a truly powerful V12 engine of nearly five litres while Pinin Farina took care of the coachwork. The results lived up to all expectations and the car also triumphed at Agadir, Silverstone and Le Mans. However, its most significant victory of all was Umberto Maglioli’s at the Carrera Panamericana.

Specifications

V12 Engine

Type front, longitudinal 60° V12
Bore/stroke 84 x 74.5 mm
Unitary displacement 412.86 cc
Total displacement 4954.34 cc
Compression ratio 9.2 : 1
Maximum power 243 kW (330 hp) at 6000 rpm
Power per litre 67 hp/l
Maximum torque -
Valve actuation single overhead camshaft per bank, two valves per cylinder
Fuel feed three Weber 46 DCF/3 carburettors
Ignition single spark plug per cylinder, two magnetos
Lubrication dry sump
Clutch multi-plate
Frame tubular steel
Front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, transverse leaf spring, Houdaille hydraulic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension de Dion, twin radius arms, transverse leaf spring, Houdaille hydraulic shock absorbers
Brakes drums
Transmission 5-speed + reverse
Steering worm and sector
Fuel tank capacity 190 litres
Front tyres 6.00 x 16
Rear tyres 7.00 x 16
Type two-seater spider
Length -
Width -
Height -
Wheelbase 2600 mm
Front track 1325 mm
Rear track 1284 mm
Weight 1030 kg (dry)
Top speed 280 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h -
0-400 m -
0-1000 m -