|Technical specification - BARCHETTA CORSA|
|Body type||Barchetta da Corsa|
|Production years||From 1991 to 1991|
|Engine||Rear engined V 6 cylinder @ 90°|
|Bore and stroke||82 mm / 63 mm|
|Engine capacity||1996,2 c.c.|
|Maximum power||315-bhp @ 7200 rpm|
|Distribution||Four overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder|
|Induction system||Supercharged with two water-cooled IHI ball-bearing turbochargers/
two intercoolers and Weber Multi Point electonic injection
|Lubrification||Forced with full-flow filtering and cooler|
|Transmission||Rear wheel drive|
|Differential||Ranger® with cooler; final drive: 3,31:1|
|Clutch||Single dry plate|
|Gearbox||ZF 6-speed transaxle|
|Chassis||Welded tubular backbone chassis. Body (constucted from a
mixture of aluminium honeycomb, carbon fibre and fibreglass layers) in three sections with front and rear removable shrouds.
The central tub providing seating and protection for two.
|Front suspension:-||Wide angle double wishbones with inboard coil
over shock-absorbers mounted to a magnesium
subframe bolted to the front of the chassis.
|Rear suspension:-||Wide angle double wishbones with inboard coil over
shock-absorbers mounted on the transmission casing.
|Brakes||Dual circuit non-servo brakes with balance bar and
massive four-pot calipers clamping vented discs.
|Wheel tracks||Front 1610 mm Rear 1580 mm|
|Wheels||Marchesini alloys Front: 7"J x 18" / Rear: 8"J x 18"|
|Tyres||Front:- 245/40 ZR 18 Rear:- 285/35 ZR 18|
|Dry weight||775 kg|
|Maximum speed||Over 300 km/h|
According to official figures 10 units of this model were produced. However there seems to be some doubt about the true numbers with claims that as many as 16 cars being made. Julien Appels, the 'Barchetta Guru', has through some extensive research confirmed 13 cars so far, including one 'Barchetta' that has replaced its 2.0-litre engine with the 2.8-litre engine.
The engine in the Barchetta was a pre-Ghibli 4-valve 2.0-litre engine. This meant that it still had a distributor
and the earlier two ECU management system (Ghibli has four ECUs). This would make it on a par
with cars like the 'Racing' and the 2.24v. It was tuned to produce the extra bhp electronically
and so that it could sustain high revs was fitted with the roller bearing turbos which are only
elsewhere found in the 'Ghibli Cup'.
My sincere appreciation to Andy Heywood of Bill McGrath and Julien Appels for their invaluable help.
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