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  Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix
 

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Country of origin:France
Produced from:1931 - 1935
Numbers built:40
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:December 08, 2014
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Engine
Configuration Straight 8
Location Front, longitudinally mounted
Construction cast-iron block and head
Displacement 2,261 cc / 138 cu in
Bore / Stroke 60.0 mm (2.4 in) / 100.0 mm (3.9 in)
Compression 7.5:1
Valvetrain 2 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Camshaft Shaft driven
Fuel feed Zenith Carburettor
Lubrication Dry sump
Aspiration Roots-Type Supercharger
Power 185 bhp / 138 KW @ 5,500 rpm
BHP/Liter 82 bhp / liter

Drivetrain
Body aluminium
Chassis steel ladder frame
Front suspension rigid axle, semi-elliptic springs
Rear suspension live axle, reversed quarter elliptic springs
Brakes (fr/r) cable operated drums
Gearbox 4 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive

Dimensions
Weight 750 kilo / 1,654 lbs
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2,400 mm (94.5 in) / 1,200 mm (47.2 in) / 1,200 mm (47.2 in)
Wheels 5 x 19

Performance figures
Power to weight 0.25 bhp / kg
Top Speed 230 km/h (143 mph)

Race history
Major wins
1931 Monaco Grand Prix (Louis Chiron)
1931 French Grand Prix (Louis Chiron / Achille Varzi)
1931 Belgian Grand Prix (William Grover-Williams / Caberto Conelli)
1933 Monaco Grand Prix (Achille Varzi)

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Resources
Suggested reading
  • Bugatti Magnum, by Hugh Conway with Maurice Sauzay
  • Bugatti - le Pur Sang des Automobiles, by Hugh Conway
  • Grand Marques Bugatti, by Hugh Conway
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