1994 Ferrari Mondial 3.4T
Very Rare Valeo Gearbox : Low Mileage
Model: Mondial 3.4T Valeo
Date Registered: 1994
MOT Due: Nov 2019
Engine: 3.4L V8
Power: 291 bhp / 238 lb.ft
Drivetrain: 5 spd manual, RWD
Mileage: 22,500 Miles
The final Mondial evolution was 1989's Mondial t (Coupe and Cabriolet). and was a substantially changed model, It was visually different from preceding Mondial models, the most recognisable being the redesign of the air intakes to a smaller rectangular shape. Additionally, the door-handles were of a visually different design, as were the front and rear bumpers which became body coloured. New front and rear wings cover wider tracks and are re-profiled to a fuller shape compared to previous models, which feature a rolled lip. The 't' called attention to the car's new engine/transmission layout: the previously transverse engine mounted longitudinally while the gearbox remained transverse, thus forming a 't'. By adopting this layout, a longer engine could be mounted lower in the chassis, improving handling dramatically.. The transverse manual gearbox fitted with a Limited Slip Differential with a twin-plate clutch design with bevel gears driving the wheels. Later in production, a Semi-automatic transmission termed "Valeo" was available as an option; while shifting was using a traditional gear lever, the clutch was actuated automatically without a clutch pedal. The engine was up to 3.4 L (3405 cc) and 300 hp. The engine controlled by Bosch Motronic DME 2.5 (later DME 2.7) electronic engine management that integrated EFI and ignition control into a single computer unit. Two of these used in the car: one for each bank of the engine. Engine lubrication upgraded to a dry-sump system.
This extremely rare Valeo contolled gearbox equiped Mondial t is finished in blue with a pale grey interior and features the following:
This example is one of the small number produced by Ferrari in collaboration with French automotive company Valeo and it features a unique transmission system. The Valeo system still utilised a five speed transaxle, but they were fitted with no clutch pedal, as the clutch was operated by an electro-mechanical actuator. This system is capable of engaging and disengaging the clutch in 0.02 seconds, and was originally developed for use by Lancia's rally team for use in the Integrale, allowing their drivers to use one foot for the brake at all times. All the driver needs to do is lift off the accelerator, upshift or downshift as needed, and re-apply the accelerator. This unique system is reported to be very reliable and was available on both the coupe and convertible body styles of the Mondial. Valeo also produced a similar gearbox for a one off F40 for Fiat boss Gianni Agnelli.
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