During combat in North Africa, the Carro Armato M14/40 was revealed to have insufficient power, and a cooling and filtration system that couldn't cope with the desert conditions. To overcome these problems, a more powerful engine was installed, as well as several improvements to its automotive design and a greater ammunition storage capacity.
Production of this new tank, the Carro Armato M14/41, replaced the M13/40 in 1941. It proved more reliable, but the weight of the improvements negated the greater horse power output of the new engine. Like the M13/40, it was furthermore hopelessly outclassed by contemporary British tanks, such as the Cruiser Tank Mk VI Crusader. As a result, of more powerful Carro Armato M15/42 was designed. Production of the M14/41 ended in 1942, with 695 tanks produced.
|Carro Armato M14/41|
|Speed (road)||33 km/h|
|Speed (cross-country)||15 km/h|
|Engine||SPA 15T M41|
|Primary weapon||47 mm Cannone da 47/32 M35 (1)|
|Secondary weapon||8 mm Breda Modello 38 (4)|