August 03, 2013
A lap of Monaco in the legendary Tyrrell P34 with most of the bodywork taken off. Helluva thing, those four front wheels. And here's what it looks like with the bodywork ON:
I guess the cost/benefit ratio of the technology wasn't good enough for it to catch on. Or else F1 decided it was unfair and made a rule against it.
Posted by: Mauser at August 03, 2013 05:40 PM (TJ7ih)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 03, 2013 07:13 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 03, 2013 07:16 PM (+rSRq)
No, what killed the P34 as a racer were the tires. Goodyear had to make each set of 10" front tires by hand specifically for Tyrrell only. Of course, every other car on the grid could use conventional-sized front tires, so that process was much easier. Goodyear didn't develop the tire design at all, which meant that in 1977, the P34's second year of racing, it wasn't nearly as good as it had been the previous season, when it had 10 podiums and one race victory between the two cars (17 race season, but it didn't compete in the first three races).
In fact, in the race it won (Sweden, 1976), the P34 finished 1-2. The following year, there were four podiums total, no wins, and the car was in all 17 races. It also became fragile, though F1 cars notoriously were in that time.
Posted by: Wonderduck at August 03, 2013 07:52 PM (dc/G/)
I recall a few Road and Track type magazine articles about other 6-wheeled cars, with the other two up front. But the car I'm thinking of seemed to have them just to support the load of an enormous engine.
Posted by: Mauser at August 04, 2013 07:21 AM (TJ7ih)
Posted by: Wonderduck at August 04, 2013 11:18 PM (dc/G/)
Posted by: Mauser at August 06, 2013 01:25 AM (TJ7ih)
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