Auto Avio Costruzioni 815

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The Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 wis the first Ferrari caur that wis fully designed an built bi Enzo Ferrari in Modena. Bound bi contracts efter leavin Alfa Romeo, housomeivver, Ferrari wis not alloued tae caw this caur a Ferrari. Instead he set up shop unner the name AAC (Auto Avio Costruzioni), an strictly speakin the caur wis named AAC tipo 815. It wis named this acause it haed an aicht cylinder, 1.5 L engine. It showed promise at the Mille Miglia o 1940, with the twa 815s built run bi Lotario Rangoni/Enrico Nardi an Alberto Ascari/Giuseppe Minozzi, but baith broke doun an did no finish. Ascari's caur wis sauld tae racer Enrico Beltrachini an it reappeared efter WW II, but Rangoni's wis scrapped in 1958 efter being passed on tae Lotario's brither, Rolando. The ae remainin 815 today is chassis 815/021 an is held in the Righini collection awned bi Mario Righini in Italy.

The AAC 815 wis built primarily o Fiat components, specifically scavenging the 1.5 L (1496 cc) straight-8 ingine an chassis frae the 508 C Balilla 1100. The bodywork wis done bi Carrozzeria Touring, who woud wirk extensively wi Ferrari in the next decade, an wis done in lang, flowin forms wi integratit wings. The ingine wis hie-tech for the time, wi a single owerhead camshaft, twa valves per cylinder, an a semi-dry sump lubrication seestem. A fower-speed manual transmission wis integral tae the ingine block. Fower Weber 30DR2 carburettors wur specified for a total ootput o 72 hp (54 kW) at 5500 rpm, allowin the licht 625 kg (1378 lb) caur tae hit nearly 170 km/h (106 mph).

AAC tipo 815 at the Panzano Castle 2009
Fiat ingine in the AAC tipo 815

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Yates, Brock (1991). Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races. Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-26319-8. 
  • Ascerbi, Leonardo (2006). Ferrari: A Complete Guide to All Models. Motorbooks. ISBN 0-7603-2550-2.