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  Vanwall VW Grand Prix
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:1956 - 1958
Numbers built:10
Designed by:Frank Costin
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:November 27, 2006
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Engine
Configuration Straight 4
Location Front, longitudinally mounted
Construction aluminium alloy block and head
Displacement 2,490 cc / 151.9 cu in
Bore / Stroke 96.0 mm (3.8 in) / 86.0 mm (3.4 in)
Valvetrain 2 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feed Fuel Injection
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Power 285 bhp / 213 KW @ 7,300 rpm
BHP/Liter 114 bhp / liter

Drivetrain
Chassis aluminium body multi-tubular steel spaceframe
Front suspension double wishbones, coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension DeDion axle, twin trailing arms, coil springs over telescopic shock absorbers
Brakes ventilated discs, all-round
Gearbox 5 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive

Dimensions
Weight 640 kilo / 1,411 lbs
Length / Width / Height N/A / N/A / 1,143 mm (45 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2,294 mm (90.3 in) / 1,416 mm (55.7 in) / 1,314 mm (51.7 in)

Performance figures
Power to weight 0.45 bhp / kg

Race history
Major wins
1957 British Grand Prix (Stirling Moss in VW4)
1957 Pescara Grand Prix (Stirling Moss in VW5)
1957 Italian Grand Prix (Stirling Moss in VW5)
1958 Dutch Grand Prix (Stirling Moss in VW10)
1958 Belgian Grand Prix (Tony Brooks in VW5)
1958 German Grand Prix (Tony Brooks in VW4)
1958 Portuguese Grand Prix (Stirling Moss in VW10)
1958 Italian Grand Prix (Tony Brooks in VW5)
1958 Moroccan Grand Prix (Stirling Moss in VW5)

Resources
Suggested reading
  • Classic Racing Cars, by Cyril Posthumus
  • Classic Grand Prix Cars, by Karl Ludvigsen
  • Road & Track (May, 1987)
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