Guess what engine they used in this Maserati 250F replica

The answer might surprise you.

As much as we’re big fans of the cars with which those engines are typically associated, initially we balked— even we have to admit to being a bit underwhelmed. Then we realized that the original 250F likewise used a straight-six engine, which we suspect had a lot to do with the choice (or perhaps lack thereof) here. A lot of thought and careful deliberation must have gone into this decision, we’re sure.

What else could they have used in this build?

~ by velofinds on March 26, 2013.

12 Responses to “Guess what engine they used in this Maserati 250F replica”

  1. B M W m20 well no surprice – Motoring con brios passion.. Could have used a 240Z engine… though.

  2. Great video .

  3. Currently in a train station with no headphones. Is there a link to the build so I can imagine how it sounds while I watch it?

  4. Something looks wrong about its snout shape & proportions… not nearly as elegant as it should be I would suggest. Also, why the cycle-guards too? Neko.

  5. The sound is a little underwhelming in my opinion (which in a car like this is half the fun). Maybe they went this route as a placeholder of sorts until a suitable maser six surfaced?

    A jag six might be a little more period correct, but still a tough choice.

  6. The M20 is both a small and light engine (compared to most other straight sixes.) I’m just going to guess that’s why it was selected. It looks like it fills up the engine bay pretty well, I’m not sure a DOHC engine like a Jag six could fit. A 240z engine isn’t crossflow, but it would exhaust on the correct side. ref:

    I do like it though, I’d drive the snot out of it.

    • > A 240z engine isn’t crossflow

      An S20 is just that. But, agree a Jag six would make a better sound… Neko.

  7. There is a rep in Australia with a nissan RB-something or other and its fabulous to see and hear. Ultimately, the latter is all in the tuning and the original specs matter little once you’ve changed cams, induction, manifolds, compression, etc…

  8. As the designer/builder/owner of this car, I can (hopefully) answer a few of the comments raised. The engine (BMW) was selected because of reliabilty and
    the fact that dimensionally as well as being the right capacity, was within a few millimetres of the original. Yes, the exhaust is on the wrong side, however, here in the UK, BMW parts are plentiful, affordable, and they work. As for noise, well I’m not too sure which sounds you have listened too, but I am assured by people who race the originals that its pretty close.
    And, please remember this is a road car. Jump in start her up and go. sit in traffic, no overheating, open her up, 0-60 MPH 5 secs. The engine is unstressed at around 220BHP. Not big figures I admit, however, she weighs
    680KGS, all in. Weight distribution is exactly 50:50 over the axles, so the handling is very neutral and very well balanced. As for Jag engines? great, if you like understeer and a pool of oil on your drive.

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