Ferrari Dino 206 GT
|Designer||Leonardo Fioravanti Pininfarina|
|Producton||1967 to 1969|
|Engine||2.0 L V6|
|Wheel base||89.76 in, 2,280 mm|
|Overall length||163.38 in, 4,150 mm|
|Overall height||43.90 in, 1,115 mm|
|Ground clearance||5.12 in, 130 mm|
|Dry weight||1,984 1b, 900 kg|
|Max Speed||146 mph, 235 km/h|
|Price new||£6,243 inc|
The Ferrari Dino 206 GT was a sports car built in the late 1960s also known as just the Dino 206 GT.
The car is part of the Dino series.The production Dino 206 GT was designed by Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti. It had the soft edges and curving lines typical of earlier Italian cars, unlike its angular successor, the Bertone designed 308 GT4, which had the straighter lines and sharp edges seen most boldly in Bertone's later Fiat X1/9. The name comes from the displacement 2000 cm³ , followed by 6 which represented the number of cylinders .
The 206 GT used a transverse-mounted 2.0 L all-aluminum, 160 hp (119 kW) at the 8,000 rpm redline, 65-degree V6 engine with dual overhead camshafts and a 9.7:1 compression ratio. Torque was 138 pounds foot at 6,500 rpm. The crankshaft featured four main bearings with dry sump lubrication. Induction was via three Weber 40 DCN/4 2-barrel carburetors. The 206 GT was the first car sold by Ferrari which used an electronic ignition, a Dinoplex C capacitive discharge ignition system that was developed by Magneti Marelli for the high revving Dino V6 engine (hence the name Dinoplex). It was also the first Ferrari product to have a direct rack-and-pinion steering. The wheels were in light alloy with a single " knock on wing nut " fixing. The suspensions were 4-wheel independent with deformable wishbones, coil springs and hydraulic shock absorbers.
- Engine Capacity 121.22 cu in, 1,986.61 cu cm
- Fuel Consumption 20.2 m/imp gal, 16.8 mlUS gal, 14 1 x 100 km
- Max Speed 146 mph, 235 km/h
- max power (DIN): 180 hp at 8,000 rpm
- max torque (DIN): 138 1b ft, 19 kg m at 6,500 rpm
- max engine rpm: 8,000
- specific power: 90.6 hp/l
- power-weight ratio: 11 lb/hp, 5 kg/hp
- speed in top at 1,000 rpm: 18.5 mph, 29.7 km/h.
- max speeds: 40.4 mph, 65 km/h in 1st gear; 58.4 mph, 94 km/h in 2nd gear; 81.4 mph, 131 km/h in 3rd gear; 112.5 mph, 181 km/h in 4th gear; 146 mph, 235 km/h in 5th gear
The 206 GT frame featured a light-weight, 1980 pound, aluminum body, full independent suspension, and all round disc brakes. The 206 GT had a 90.0-inch (2,290 mm) wheelbase. The 206 had a top speed of 146 mph (235 km/h).
The same 2.0L engine was used in the Fiat Dino Coupe and Spider, produced during the same period. The conversion of the Dino 196 racing engine for road-going use in the Dino (and the two Fiat models) was entrusted by Fiat to Aurelio Lampredi, to whom Ferrari owed so many great engines. Lampredi, interviewed in the early 1980s (he died in 1989 at the age of 72), noted that, "Things didn't work out exactly as Ferrari had foreseen." Ferrari had counted building the engines at Maranello, but Fiat's management insisted on taking control of production, to avoid any breaks in the engine supply.
Fiat quoted 160 hp DIN for the Fiat Dino and Coupé, and in 1967 Ferrari - presenting the first prototype of the Dino 206 GT - claimed 180 hp. This, however, was not the case. Both engines were made by Fiat workers in Turin on the same production line, without any discrimination as to their destination, and all were exactly the same. 150 units were simply taken from the first production batch at the beginning of 1968 to power the Dino 206 GTs. Jean-Pierre Gabriel, writing in "Les Ferraris de Turin", notes that, "La declaration de Ferrari ne reposait sur aucun fondament technique" - Ferrari's statement had no technical basis! However, as always, it was certainly a savvy piece of marketing by the Commendatore.Later Fiat Dinos also used the 2.4L engine, although significantly fewer were produced with this motor.
152 were built in total during 1967 and 1969, in left hand drive only.
The "Dino" marque was created to market a lower priced, "affordable" sports car capable of taking on the Porsche 911. Ferrari's expensive V12's well exceeded the 911 in both performance and price. Enzo did not want to diminish his exclusive brand with a cheaper car, so the "Dino" was created.
The name "Dino" honours the founder's late son, Alfredo "Dino" Ferrari, credited with designing the V6 engine used by the marque. Along with famed engineer, Vittorio Jano, Dino influenced Enzo Ferrari's decision to produce a line of racing cars in the 1950s, with V6 and V8 engine designs. History shows that Alfredo Ferrari did not have a hand in the actual design of the V6 motor that made its way into the Dino.
Ferrari wished to race in the new 1.6 L Formula 2 category in 1967 with the Dino V6 engine. However, the company could not meet the homologation rules which called for 500 production vehicles using the engine to be produced. Enzo Ferrari therefore asked Fiat to co-produce a sports car using the V6, and the front-engined, rear-drive Fiat Dino was born. It used a 2.0 L (1987 cc) version of the Dino V6, allowing Ferrari to compete in the category.
At the time, the thought of using a mid-engine layout in a production car was quite daring, although the design was common in the world of sports car racing. A mid-engined layout placed more of the car's weight over the driven wheels, and allowed for a streamlined nose, but led to a cramped passenger compartment and more challenging handling. Lamborghini created a stir in 1966 with its mid-engined Miura, but Enzo Ferrari felt that a mid-engine Ferrari would be unsafe in the hands of his customers. Eventually he relented, and allowed designer Sergio Pininfarina to build a mid-engined concept for the 1965 Paris Motor Show, but demanded that it wear the Dino badge alone. The 1966 Turin car show featured a refined Dino 206S. The Turin 206S was a closer prototype to the actual production version. Response to the radically styled car was positive, so Ferrari allowed it to go into production, rationalizing that the low-power V6 engine would keep his customers out of trouble.
Ferrari Dino 206 GT Technical details and specifications (1968-1969)
location rear, 4 stroke, transverse
cylinders: 6, Vee-slanted at 65°
bore and stroke: 3.39 x 2.24 in, 86 x 57 mm
engine capacity: 121.22 cu in, 1,986.61 cu cm
compression ratio: 9.3
cylinder block: light alloy
cylinder head: light alloy, hemispherical combustion chambers
crankshaft bearings: 4
valves: 2 per cylinder, overhead, Vee-slanted, thimble tappets
camshafts: 2, per cylinder block, overhead; lubrication: gear pump, full flow filter
lubricating system capacity: 10.56 imp pt, 12.68 US pt
carburation: 3 Weber 40 DCN 14 downdraught twin barrel carburettors
fuel feed: 2 electric pumps
cooling system: water
driving wheels: rear
clutch: single dry plate
gearbox: mechanical; gears: 5+ reverse
synchromesh gears: all,
gearbox ratios: I 3.760, II 2.590, III 1.863, IV 1.376, V 1.046, rev 3.255
gear lever location: central
final drive: spiral bevel, limited slip
axle ratio: 3.625.
front suspension: independent, wishbones, anti-roll bar, coil springs, telescopic dampers
rear suspension: independent, wishbones, twin longitudinal trailing arms, anti-roll bar, coil springs, telescopic dampers.
turns of steering wheel lock to lock: 3.
turning circle (between walls): 43.9 ft, 13.4 m
disc, dual circuit
lining area: front 27.29 sq in, 176 sq cm
lining area: rear 21.09 sq in, 136 sq cm
lining area: total 48.38 sq in, 312 sq cm.
voltage: 12 V
battery: 60 Ah
generator type: alternator, 58 Ah
ignition distributor: Marelli
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
wheel base: 89.76 in, 2,280 mm
front track: 56.10 in, 1,425 mm
rear track: 55.12 in, 1,400 mm
overall length: 163.38 in, 4,150 mm
overall width: 66.93 in, 1,700 mm
overall height: 43.90 in, 1,115 mm
ground clearance: 5.12 in, 130 mm
dry weight: 1,984 1b, 900 kg
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Ferrari Dino 206 GT maintenance and Service Guide (1968-1969)
Fuel type: 98-100 oct petrol
Engine oil change: 10.56 imp pt, 12.68 US pt, 6 1, SAE 20W-40, change every 6,200 miles, 10,000 km
Cooling system capacity: 15.84 imp pt, 19.03 US Pt
Greasing: every 3,100 miles, 5,000 km, 4 points
Tappet clearances: inlet 0.020 in, 0.50 mm, exhaust 0.020 in, 0.50 mm
Normal tyre pressure: front 24 psi, 1.7 atm rear 26 psi 1.8 atm
Width of rims: 6.5"
Tyres: 185 x 14
Fuel tank capacity: 13.6 imp gal, 16.4 US gal
Carrying capacity: 353 1b, 160 kg
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