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De Tomaso Mangusta


De Tomaso Mangusta

Designed to challenge Ferrari in the late 1960s, the Mangusta was Argentine Alexjandro de Tomaso's first volume production car, with mid-mounted Ford V8 mated to a ZF transmission. More technically advanced than the later Pantera, the Mangusta used folded and welded sheet steel to make a box-section central backbone. The over-light front end used double wishbone suspension but couldn't quite get the grip the car needed, while the rear used a reversed lower wishbone, single transverse link plus twin radius arms per side. The wheels were magnesium to keep weight down, but the Mangusta wasn't a great handling machine. It was, however, quick in a straight line thanks to the Ford V8 which was also used in Mustangs, the Shelby GT350 and AC Cobras. It was the latter the Mangusta aimed for, as its name meant 'Mongoose', the animal which ate Cobras.

De Tomaso Mangusta Specifications

Top speed:130 mph (208 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):6.3 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:302 ci (4,950 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:230 bhp (171 kW) @ 4,800 rpm
Max torque:310 lb ft (419 Nm) @ 2,800 rpm
Weight:2,915 lb (1,325 kg)
Economy:13 mpg (4.6 km/I)
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