Bugatti Type 32
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The Bugatti Type 32, commonly called the Tank de Tours, was a streamlined racing car built in 1923. Four examples were made, each with a 2.0 L (1991 cc/121 in³) straight-8 engine based on that in the Type 30. "The Tank" finished third in the ACF Grand Prix that year. This was the first Bugatti to be fitted with roller-bearing big ends in order to improve the bottom-end reliability (Bugatti was rather later than most manufacturers in the incorporation of a fully pressurised oil system, preferring a splash "spit and hope" delivery method). The Type 32 also broke new ground (for a racing Bug) by using a three-speed and reverse transaxle unit, the exceptionally short wheelbase and long straight-8 engine making a conventional gearbox difficult to accommodate. It also heralded an embrionic hydraulic front brake actuation.
Another tank-bodied Bugatti racer, the 1936 Type 57G, was much more successful.
- Wheelbase: 78.5 in (1994 mm)
- Track: 41.4 in (1052 mm)
- Power: 90 hp (67 kW)
|Bugatti, a brand of the Volkswagen Group since 1998, road car timeline, 1910–present|
|Owner||Ettore Bugatti / Roland Bugatti||Defunct||Romano Artioli||Volkswagen Group|
|Automobiles Ettore Bugatti||Automobiles Ettore Bugatti||Defunct||Bugatti Automobili S.p.A|| Bugatti
|Type 30 / Type 49||Type 57|
|Limousine||Type 41 Royale|
|Roadster||Type 13 / Brescia Tourer||Type 55|
|Type 13||Type 18 Garros||Type 252||EB110||Veyron EB 16.4|
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