Maserati V8RI

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Maserati V8RI in 2011.

The Maserati V8RI was a model of racing car produced by Italian manufacturer Maserati of Modena from 1936 to 1936, for total of four units.

Designed by Ernesto Maserati, they had a front-mounted 4.788-liter V8 engine, 90 degrees. Roots type supercharger and dual choke Weber carburetor, single camshaft resulted in 320 bhp (239 kW) and a maximum speed of 270 km/h (168 mph). The "RI" denoted Ruote indipendenti, the then innovative independent four-wheel suspension. The cars measurements were wheelbase 2,560 mm (101 in), length 3,865 mm (152.2 in), width 1,490 mm (59 in), height 1,250 mm (49 in).

Chassis #4501 debuted at Grand Prix de la Marne 1935, driven by Philippe Étancelin. Its only victory was the Pau Grand Prix in 1936.

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