Maserati Tipo 26

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Maserati Tipo 26
Tipo 26.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Maserati
Production 1926-1932[1]
Assembly Bologna, Italy
Designer Alfieri Maserati
Body and chassis
Class Race car
Layout FR layout
Related Tipo 26 MM
Powertrain
Engine 1.5 litre Straight-8 (supercharged gasoline)
Transmission 3-speed manual (4-speed since 1927)[2]
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,650 mm (104 in) (2,580 mm (102 in) since 1928)[2]
Curb weight 720-780 kg
Chronology
Successor Maserati Tipo 26B

The Maserati Tipo 26 was a model of Grand Prix racing car and was the first car built by Italian manufacturer Maserati, for a total of 11 examples, between 1926 and 1932.[2]

The Tipo 26 originated from a Grand Prix car that Alfieri Maserati had designed for Diatto: when the collaboration between Maserati and Diatto ended, Alfieri took his design to the Bologna workshop that he had set up with his brothers in 1914.[3]

The design of the Tipo 26 consisted of a steel ladder-type frame supporting a supercharged inline-8 engine with a three-speed manual transmission and an aluminum two-seater bodywork made by Medardo Fantuzzi.[2][3]

The engine featured a crankshaft-driven Roots supercharger, twin gear-driven overhead camshafts and dry sump lubrication;[2] to comply with the 1926 Grand Prix regulations the displacement was fixed to 1.5-litres.[3]

At its debut race in the 1926 Targa Florio, the Maserati Tipo 26, with Alfieri Maserati driving and a young Guerino Bertocchi as riding mechanic, finished first in the Grand Prix class and ninth overall.[1]

Tipo 26 MM[edit]

For the 1928 Mille Miglia endurance race, two new chassis were fitted with roadster bodies featuring cycle wings, running boards, doors, headlights, a small windshield, a folding canvas top and two spare wheels mounted on the tail. Under the hood the engines were the same as found in the Tipo 26 Grand Prix. Those cars were known as Tipo 26 MM.[2][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Maserati Tipo 26". Maserati. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Tabucchi, Maurizio (2003). Nel segno del Tridente (in Italian). Giorgio Nada Editore. ISBN 9788879112598. 
  3. ^ a b c "Maserati Tipo 26". Supercars.net Publishing. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Maserati Tipo 26 MM". Maserati. Retrieved 22 February 2014.