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Start of Production 1933
End of Production 1935
Victories 1
Chasis Beams with SteelL
Section Cross-Members
Length 3,850 MM
Wwidth 1,570 MM
Height 1,200 MM
Wheelbase 2,560 MM
Weight 785 KG
Engine L8, FRONT, Longitudinally 
Displacement 2,991.4 C.C.
Power 176 KW (240 HP) AT 5,500 RPM
Top Speed 250 KM/H
Transmission Manual 4 Speed

1933 Maserati 8CM

Although Maserati did not yet have much experience in Grand Prix racing cars, the development of the Maserati 8CM was completed very quickly. The first car, with chassis number 3005, was completed as early as March 1933, and was driven to victory in the Tunis Grand Prix of the same year by Raymond Sommer. However, its debut was not very promising, since the car had to be withdrawn due to technical problems. Nonetheless, these teething troubles were soon dealt with and by the time of the Montecarlo Grand Prix, the second car, with chassis number 3006, was ready for delivery to Zendher, who took part in the Monaco event. The results achieved by this first version of the 8CM did not impress because its chassis was too flexible to withstand the forces generated by the powerful eight cylinder engine and the huge 400 millimetre drum brakes. The drivers who complained about these problems, which arose from the excessively lightweight chassis derived from the Maserati 4CM 1100, included Giuseppe Campari. At the time, Maserati was focusing more on innovations in engine design than on research into chassis construction.

The car mounted a 8-cylinder 2991 cm 3 straight engine and 400 m drum brakes. Maximum power was around 220-240 hp at 5,500 rpm. The chassis had been derived from that of the 4CM 1100, which proved to be too light and was subject to flex. The situation improved when driver Tazio Nuvolari asked a strengthening of the front part, and the weight reduced from 785 to 750 kg.

The car debuted at the Tunis Grand Prix in 1933 and, in that year, won the Belgian Grand Prix and others, raced by Nuvolari. In 1934-1935, however, it struggled to take the pace of the Alfa Romeo, Mercedes and Auto Union, and was replaced by the V8RI model.