Ferrari 340 Mexico
A 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.
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.
Ferrari 340 Mexico Technical Specifications
Year of Manufacture – 1952
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|height||1333 mm (berlinetta)|
|front track||1278 mm|
|rear track||1250 mm|
|weight||900 kg (dry, berlinetta)|
|top speed||282 km/h|
|acceleration 0-100 km/h||–|