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See also the 340 F1, a Formula One racer, and 340 America, a GT car
Ferrari 340 Mexico Vignale Spyder
Ferrari 340 MM Vignale Spyder

The Ferrari 340 Mexico was a Ferrari race car which was intended for the 1952 Carrera Panamericana. It used 4.1 L Lampredi V12 engine producing around 280 PS (206 kW) at 6600 rpm, for a maximum speed of 280 km/h.[1] Just 4 were made in 1952, 3 Vignale Berlinettas and 1 Vignale Spyder; all designed by Giovanni Michelotti.[1] Mexico used a 2,600 mm (102.4 in) wheelbase. Chinetti and Lucas finished the race at third place in berlinetta.[2][3]

The Ferrari 340 MM was an evolution of the 340 Mexico with shorter, 2,500 mm (98.4 in), wheelbase. MM used the same 4.1 L Lampredi V12 with similar three Weber 40DCF carburettors that helped the 340 achieve 280 PS (206 kW) at 6600 rpm and a maximum speed of 282 km/h.[4] 10 examples were made, 4 Pinin Farina Berlinettas, 2 Touring Spyders and 4 Vignale Spyders (designed by Giovanni Michelotti). A total of four were converted to 375 MM spec.[5] Giannino Marzotto won Mille Miglia 1953 edition in Vignale spider, setting a new average speed record for the race; with other 340 MM finishing fourth. Two more 340 MMs were entered that year in Touring barchetta guise but did not finish.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Acerbi, Leonardo (2012). Ferrari: All The Cars. Haynes Publishing. pp. 50–51.
  2. ^ "Ferrari 340 Mexico". ferrari.com. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  3. ^ "Carrera Panamericana 1952 Race Results". racingsportscars.com. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Ferrari 340 MM". ferrari.com. Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  5. ^ Acerbi, Leonardo (2012). Ferrari: All The Cars. Haynes Publishing. pp. 64–65.
  6. ^ "Mille Miglia 1953 Race Results". racingsportscars.com. Retrieved 22 May 2019.