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First transaxle?

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by Horsefly, Feb 13, 2004.

  1. Horsefly

    Horsefly F1 Veteran

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    What year did Ferrari first put a transaxle in one of their cars? Road or race? For that matter, what was the first year that ANYBODY put a transaxle in their cars? (I don't really consider a VW as a real car!) I was just wondering about this while studying up on the 1961-3 Pontiac Tempest which used a front engine with rear transaxle. The Ferrari 275GTB used a transaxle but that wasn't until a few years later. Don't tell me that Ferrari copied the idea from a Pontiac???!!!
     
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  3. ferrarifixer

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    Good question

    250LM springs to mind, need to think longer for .......Dino SP race series maybe?
     
  4. miked

    miked Formula Junior

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    Many of the 4 & 6 cyl. competition cars, Monza and Mondial for example, had the transaxles in the rear.
     
  5. wax

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    1st Ferrari road car to use a transaxle (rear-mounted five-speed) was the '65 275 GTB.

    According to this article, front-drive Miller 91 racers were 1st to use transaxles... check out the year - 1926.
     
  6. ferrarifixer

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    But the 250LM is a road car. Year of production is before 275
     
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  8. wax

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  9. ChrisfromRI

    ChrisfromRI Karting

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    I recall that Enzo Ferrari bought, prepared, and raced some Alfas with transaxles (through Scuderia Ferrari) before he began building his own cars.

    Kind Regards, Chris
     

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