1961 maserati tipo 61 birdcage




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    1961 maserati tipo 61 birdcage

    1961 maserati tipo 61 birdcage

    Forums index Automotive forums General forums New posts. Le Mans Series Donnington km. Eventually abandoning this plan, Wilson reassembled and undertook a racing campaign of his own, even finishing 1st overall at the preliminary event at Stuttgart, Arkansas, on 26 May Le Mans Series Valencia km.

    1961 maserati tipo 61 birdcage

    1961 maserati tipo 61 birdcage

    1961 maserati tipo 61 birdcage

    1961 maserati tipo 61 birdcage

    1961 maserati tipo 61 birdcage

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    Design engineer, Giulio Alfieri drafted an intricate chassis design that was nicknamed the Birdcage. After only six cars, the complex design was upgraded to have a larger engine for American racing.

    Indeed the Tipo 60 really contrasted with idea of a classic Italian sports car, but it was a product of rapid transformation that started a new philosophy of race car engineering. Over individual pieces were used in the design, having steel tubes with diameters ranging from 10 to 15 mm. The resulting chassis looked like a complex network, almost always described as a Birdcage. Two challenges arose from the Birdcage frame.

    1961 maserati tipo 61 birdcage

    These included maintaining a high level of welding throughout the design which had hundreds of connection points and calculating the required elasticity as not to break the welds during stress. Remarkably, the chassis only weighed 80 lbs 36 kgs. Suspension in the car, both front and rear, was similar to the successful F Grand Prix car. It had triangular arms with a coil-over-shock arrangement in the front and a de Dion Tube Axle in the rear. Other components included a rack and pinion steering box and specially built Girling disc brakes.

    The engine was placed well back in the chassis and was canted at 45 degrees. This mounting reduced the height of the body and offered a low center of gravity. It was connected to a an entirely new gearbox which was rear mounted and built as one unit with the differential.

    1961 maserati tipo 61 birdcage

    The most simple part of the Birdcage was probably the engine itself. It was an inline-4 which was an evolution of the type used in the S.

    The cylinder head was modified extensively to include actuation of the valves by rockers. Lubrication in the engine was by dry sump which included an unusual triangular oil sump.

    The exterior lines of the car were a direct result of the Tipo 60 chassis concept. The car featured a very small frontal area leading to a low engine cover that completely flips forward for easy access.

    1961 maserati tipo 61 birdcage

    They opted to hide the rear roll bar by covering it with a rather large headrest. Such a car would also be eligible to enter the World Sports Car in the under three liter class which was Ferrari Testa Rossa territory. Due to the size of the engine block, the maximum geometric size available was 2. Fortunately, this was enough to move ahead with the project and the Tipo 61 was born. The braking system was enlarged to 14 inches with improved caliper mountings.

    A heavier crankshaft and connecting rods, along with the brakes, contributed to the 30kg that made the Tipo 61 a heavier car. Because of this weight, the Tipo 61 actually had a worse power to weight ratio than the Tipo Tipo 60 cars went on that year to take many hillclimb and gentlemen-drivers victories. After the debut of the three liter car, the Tipo 61 really made its mark in America.

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