Classic Car | Ferrari 250 GTE (1962)
The Ferrari 250 GTE was the sports car to the family man. It was eventually to the guy who wanted a Ferrari but additionally wanted to obtain little Timmy to hockey practice with his gear. As Road & Track said, "A not just grand, but glorious, touring car. " We'd tack on cool also.
The 250 GTE was Ferrari's first four seat model and also the idea was successful sufficient to evolve into your series of Ferrari 2+2s that used a similar engineering like the sports cars. As these were designed for grand touring, the GTE was marketed like a luxurious car. To support two additional seats, Ferrari had to maneuver the engine and auxileries 12 inches forward and extend the bodywork a similar amount compared towards the previous 250. The wheelbase remained a similar, but the extra mass added 170 lbs towards the car.
The very first 250 was the experimental 250 S berlinetta prototype entered inside the 1952 Mille Miglia for Giovanni Bracco and Alfonso Rolfo. The Mercedes-Benz W194 racers of Rudolf Caracciola, Hermann Lang, and Karl Kling were faster upon the long straights however the 230 PS (169 kW ; 227 hp ) Ferrari made up sufficient ground inside the hills and curves to succeed the race. The car was later entered at Le Mans and inside the Carrera Panamericana. The 250 S used a 2, 250 mm (88. 6 in ) wheelbase having a Tuboscocca tubular trellis frame. Suspension was by double wishbones in the front, with double longitudinal semi-elliptic springs locating the live axle in the rear. The car had the drum brakes and worm-and-sector steering typical from the period. The dry-sump 3. 0 L (2, 953 cc (180 cu in ) ) engine used three Weber 36DCF carburettors and was mated straight to a five-speed manual transmission.
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