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
Bodyworkaluminium-bodied single seater
Bore and stroke78x78 mm
Brakeshydraulic drum brakes on the wheels
Brakes front
Brakes rear
Chassistubular with two main side members and cross members
Compression ratio6.5:1
Cooling systemwater-cooled, centrifugal pump
Displacements (unitary)
Dry weight1,763 lbs (800 kg)
Enginevertical in-line 8
Engine weight
First race
Front Tyres
Front suspensionhelical springs, hydraulic Houdaille dampers
Front track
Fuel & lubricant
Fuel feedtwo Roots superchargers, a single Weber 52 DCO carburettor mounted ahead of the superchargers
Fuel tank26.40 Imp. gall. (120 litres)
Gear ratios
Height39.37 in. (1,000 mm)
Ignitionsingle-plug, Marelli magneto
Kerb weight
Length151.57 in. (3,850 mm)
Lubricationdual oil pumps (pressure and scavenge)
Maximum power430 bhp at 6,500 rpm
Maximum torque
One mile
Production dates1950
Production start1950
Quarter mile
Rear Tyres
Rear suspensionhelical springs, hydraulic Houdaille dampers
Rear track
Steeringworm and sector
Timing gearfour valves per cylinder set in a 90°V, twin overhead camshafts
Top speed199 mph (320 km/h)
Total displacement2,981.7 cc
Transmission4-speed + reverse
Tyresfront 5.50x19; rear 7.00x20; Pirelli
Weight distribution
Wheelbase107.08 in. (2,720 mm)
Wheelswire wheels, 3.50x19-5.00x20
Width55.12 in (1,400 mm)