Lancia D24

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Lancia D24
Lancia D24 (24716921540).jpg
Constructor Lancia
Predecessor Lancia D23
Successor Lancia D25
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Steel tubular space frame
Suspension (front) Double wishbones, transverse leaf spring, hydraulic dampers
Suspension (rear) De Dion tube, transverse leaf spring, hydraulic dampers
Wheelbase 2,400 mm (94.5 in)
Engine D24 3,284 cc (200.4 cu in) 60° V6 Front longitudinal
Transmission 4-speed manual, limited slip differential
Weight 750 kg (1,653.5 lb) (dry)
Competition history
Debut 1953: Nürburgring 1000 km
First win 1953: 6a Bologna–Passo della Raticosa
Last win 1954: 2a Coppa Firenze–Siena

The Lancia D24 was a sports racing car introduced in 1953, and raced in the 1953 and 1954 seasons. It kept the overall layout of its predecessor the D23—that is a tubular space frame chassis, double wishbones/De Dion suspension, transaxle transmission and a barchetta body—but had a large 3,284 cc V6 engine. The V6 produced 265 hp (198 kW), gaving the car a top speed of 260 km/h (162 mph).

Some of the D24's most significant overall victories are those by Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1953 Carrera Panamericana, by Alberto Ascari in the 1954 Mille Miglia, and by Piero Taruffi in the 1954 Targa Florio.

In 1955, the President of Lancia presented a D24 to President Juan Perón of Argentina who raced it nationally in the blue and yellow national livery. It was returned to Italy in the 1980s and restored by the Count Vittorio Zanon. This is one of just two D24s in existence; the other being in the Lancia Museum.[2]

Racing[edit]

Lancia D24 Spider won 1954 Mille Miglia driven by Alberto Ascari. The previous year it had already taken Juan Manuel Fangio and Gino Bronzoni to victory at the Carrera Panamericana.

Lancia D24 racing results[3]
Year Event Cars
entered
Result (drivers)
1953 Germany 1000 km Nürburgring 2 All retired
ItalyGran Premio Supercortemaggiore 2 All retired
Italy 6a Bologna–Passo della Raticosa 2 1st (Felice Bonetto); 2nd (Eugenio Castellotti)
Mexico 5th Carrera Panamericana 3 1st overall (Juan Manuel Fangio); 2nd overall (Piero Taruffi); Felice Bonetto on the third D24 died in a fatal accident
1954 United States 12 Hours of Sebring 4 2nd overall (Luigi Valenzano/Porfirio Rubirosa)
Italy 14° Giro di Sicilia 1 1st (Piero Taruffi)
Italy 6a Coppa della Toscana 2 All retired
Italy 21a Mille Miglia; 4 1st overall (Alberto Ascari); three retired
Italy 38a Targa Florio 2 1st overall (Piero Taruffi); ret. (Eugenio Castellotti)
Portugal Oporto Grand Prix 3 1st (Gigi Villoresi); 2nd (Eugenio Castellotti); one ret.
Italy 14a Bolzano–Passo Mendola 1 1st (Eugenio Castellotti)
Italy 16a Aosta–Gran San Bernardo 1 1st (Eugenio Castellotti)
United Kingdom 21st RAC Tourist Trophy 2 1st in class (Piero Taruffi/Juan Manuel Fangio); 2nd in class (Robert Manzon/Eugenio Castellotti)
Italy 9a Catania–Etna 1 1st (Piero Taruffi)
Italy 16a Treponti–Castelnuovo 1 1st (Eugenio Castellotti)
Italy 5a Coppa d’Oro di Sicilia 1 1st (Piero Taruffi)
Italy 2a Coppa Firenze–Siena 1 1st (Eugenio Castellotti)
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Morello 2014, p. 205–206.
  2. ^ "1954 Lancia D24 Sport Spyder". conceptcarz.com. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  3. ^ Morello 2014, p. 145–147.

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