Tipo 8CLT - 1950


This car was built thanks to the enthusiastic backing of two men from Turin, Franco Rol and Giuseppe Farina. Their intent was to race it in the Indianapolis 500, in which the now rather dated 8 CTF could still hold its own. Engineering-wise, they decided to start with the 8CL engine to which improvements were made using advanced metallurgical treatments and construction technologies.

The chassis was similar to the 4CLT/48's but was reinforced to cope with the greater stress produced by the engine's greater power output. Last but not least of the modifications were more aerodynamic lines and sophisticated 400 mm front drums. Unfortunately, however, the marque's financial difficulties greatly hampered the development of the single-seater and the great Indianapolis adventure never took place. The two models built later were sold to the Zambucka team of New Zealand.

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 tubular with two main side members and cross members
Compression ratio 6.5:1
Cooling system water-cooled, centrifugal pump
Displacements (unitary)
Dry weight 1,763 lbs (800 kg)
Engine vertical in-line 8
Engine weight
First race
Front Tyres
Front suspension helical springs, hydraulic Houdaille dampers
Front track
Fuel & lubricant
Fuel feed two Roots superchargers, a single Weber 52 DCO carburettor mounted ahead of the superchargers
Fuel tank 26.40 Imp. gall. (120 litres)
Gear ratios
Height 39.37 in. (1,000 mm)
Ignition single-plug, Marelli magneto
Kerb weight
Length 151.57 in. (3,850 mm)
Lubrication dual oil pumps (pressure and scavenge)
Maximum power 430 bhp at 6,500 rpm
Maximum torque
Model 8CLT
One mile
Production dates 1950
Production start 1950
Quarter mile
Rear Tyres
Rear suspension helical springs, hydraulic Houdaille dampers
Rear track
Steering worm and sector
Timing gear four valves per cylinder set in a 90°V, twin overhead camshafts
Top speed 199 mph (320 km/h)
Total displacement 2,981.7 cc
Transmission 4-speed + reverse
Tyres front 5.50x19; rear 7.00x20; Pirelli
Weight distribution
Wheelbase 107.08 in. (2,720 mm)
Wheels wire wheels, 3.50x19-5.00x20
Width 55.12 in (1,400 mm)