Tipo 8CL - 1940-1946

Maserati 4CL

The technical layout that proved so successful for the 4CL figured in this new car designed to compete in the tough International Formula: four valves per cylinder, square bore/stroke dimensions, and twin compressors feeding the two individual 4-cylinder blocks mounted in line on a common crankcase. The new single-seater had a slightly longer wheel base than the 8CTF it was replacing, and its in-line eight-cylinder engine also delivered a very powerful 415 bhp.

The start of the Second World War brought development of the 8CL to a halt, and by its end, the big displacement engines with compressors were confined to the Formule Libre races which turned out to be of little interest. As a result, production was limited to just two examples. The 8CL's greatest moment came in 1948 when Giuseppe Farina drove it to victory in the Mar del Plata Grand Prix and the Grand Prix des Nations at Geneva.

Technical data

0-60 mph
Bodywork aluminium-bodied single seater
Bore and stroke 78x78 mm
Brakes hydraulic drum brakes on the wheels
Brakes front
Brakes rear
Chassis alloy longitudinal girders and cross members
Compression ratio 6.5:1
Cooling system water-cooled, centrifugal pump
Displacements (unitary)
Dry weight 1,719 lbs (780 kg)
Engine vertical in-line 8
Engine weight
First race 1940 Indianapolis 500 Miles
Front Tyres
Front suspension torsion bars, friction dampers
Front track
Fuel & lubricant
Fuel feed two Roots superchargers, two Memini carburettors mounted ahead of the superchargers
Fuel tank 39.59 Imp. gall. (180 litres)
Gear ratios
Height 43.30 in. (1,100 mm)
Ignition single-plug, Scintilla magneto
Kerb weight
Length 150.79 in. (3,830 mm)
Lubrication dual oil pumps (pressure and scavenge)
Maximum power 415-430 bhp at 6,400-6,800 rpm
Maximum torque
Model 8CL
One mile
Production dates 1940-1946
Production start 1940
Quarter mile
Rear Tyres
Rear suspension leaf springs and friction dampers
Rear track
Steering worm and sector
Timing gear four valves per cylinder set in a 90°V, twin overhead camshafts
Top speed 174-189 mph (280-305 km/h)
Total displacement 3,981.7 cc
Transmission 4-speed + reverse
Tyres fr/rear 5.50x19-6.50x19; Pirelli
Weight distribution
Wheelbase 109.84 in. (2,790 mm)
Wheels wire wheels, 3.25x19-4.00x19
Width 58.27 in. (1,480 mm)