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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 hp (209 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.[2] Chinetti and Lucas finished the race at third place in berlinetta.[3][4]

The Ferrari 340 MM was an evolution of the 340 Mexico with shorter wheelbase. The use of three Weber carburettors helped the 340 achieve 280 hp (209 kW) at 6600 rpm and a maximum speed of 270 km/h.[5] 10 examples were made, 4 Pininfarina Berlinettas, 2 Touring Spyders and 4 Vignale Spyders (designed by Giovanni Michelotti). Some were converted to 375 MM spec.[6] 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.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Acerbi, Leonardo (2012). Ferrari: All The Cars. Haynes Publishing. pp. 50–51.
  2. ^ Acerbi 2006, p. 51.
  3. ^ "340 Mexico". Ferrari GT - en-EN. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  4. ^ "Carrera Panamericana 1952 Race Results". Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  5. ^ "340 MM Specifications". Ferrari GT - en-EN. Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  6. ^ Acerbi 2006, p. 65.
  7. ^ "Mille Miglia 1953 Race Results". Retrieved 22 May 2019.