Ferrari Mondial T service at Dillybrook Classic Cars
Ferrari Mondial T service at Dillybrook Classic Cars:
Update: 6th December 2019
With the Ferrari Mondial T 3.4 engine now fully serviced with new belts, oil, filter, new spark plugs to name just a few of the items, the engine has been re installed back into the fully rebuilt engine cradle and is now ready to be matted back with the Ferrari Mondial t
Wow, 16 years in storage! Last on the road in 2003, this beautiful Ferrari Mondial t was first registered in Japan, February 1990, manufactured 1989. Finished in Rosso Corsa and having covered just 27700 Km (17200 miles) from new, we found this Ferrari Mondial t in Kobe Japan. It was originally supplied in 1989 to Charles Pozzi S.A, the French Ferrari importer, so is European/French specification. It was then exported directly to Japan.
Recommissioning has started on this 3.4 Mondial T. Only 858 Mondial t coupe were produced in its 6 year production making the Mondial t quite rare.
The 3.4 V8 engine has been removed along with the sub frame, the engine bay has been cleaned, detailed ready for the engine to be refitted. New fuel filters, cam-belts, tensioners, drive belts along with a full service and various seal have been fitted.
The Ferrari Mondial t sub frame has been stripped down all components removed, blast cleaned and re coated in original black Dinitrol. The brakes have been rebuilt and new brake pads fitted along with all new suspension bushes.
The final Mondial evolution was 1989’s Mondial t (Coupe and Cabriolet). It was a substantially changed model, “spearhead of a new generation of V8 Ferraris”, according to Road & Track magazine. It was visually different from preceding Mondial models, the most recognizable 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 colored. 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’. The ‘t’ suffix was also homage to the first use of a transverse transmission by Ferrari in the highly successful Ferrari 312T, driven by F1 World Champion Niki Lauda. By adopting this layout, a longer engine could be mounted lower in the chassis, improving handling dramatically. The ‘t’ configuration was used by Ferrari’s Formula One cars of the 1980s, and would be the standard for the marque’s future mid-engined V8 cars, beginning with the 348, introduced later in the year. 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 (224 kW). 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.
The Mondial’s chassis would underpin a new generation of 2-seat Ferraris, right up to the Ferrari 360, but the 2+2 Mondial would end production just four and a half years later in 1993. However, the “t” layout of the engine and transaxle, adapted from Ferrari’s Formula One cars, continues to be used in mid-engined V8 model Ferraris to date, albeit with a more sophisticated chassis. The new layout saw the engine and transmission mounted on a removable subframe; the assembly removed from the underside of the vehicle for maintenance. This process is necessary for timing belt replacement, making this a costly procedure for the owner who does not have a lift. On the other hand, the clutch was now located at the very rear of the drive train. This arrangement makes clutch replacement and service a simple, inexpensive, and readily owner-doable proposition.
The “t” was home to other Ferrari firsts: It used power assisted steering for the first time and had a 3-position electronically controlled suspension for a variable tradeoff between ride quality and road holding. It also had standard ABS.
The Mondial t represented the most substantial upgrade to the Mondial model line in performance and handling since its introduction in 1980. The “t” offered greater performance while retaining a mid-engined layout and a practical packaging layout, and was once again, favorably received.
The company has not produced a mid-engined 2+2 car since then, leaving the 2+2 configuration to the more classic front-engined design starting with the 456 in 1992. As of 2018, the V12 GTC4Lusso and both the twin-turbocharged V8 GTC4Lusso T and Portofino are the company’s only 4-seat vehicle offerings, but both of these are front engined, leaving the Mondial t as the most modern 4-seat, mid-engined, Ferrari yet produced in 25 years.
Mondial t Coupe: Production started: 1988. Production ended: 1993. Total production: 858 (45 Right Hand Drive) – 43 Imported to US/CA First serial number: 79596. Last serial number: 97698.