Formula 1 – Silodrome https://silodrome.com Gasoline Culture Sun, 17 Jun 2018 15:18:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 18077751 The History of the Pit Stop: An Interview With Gordon Murray https://silodrome.com/history-of-the-pit-stop-interview-with-gordon-murray/ Sun, 03 Jun 2018 04:01:18 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=77766 The History of the Pit Stop: An Interview With Gordon Murray

The History of the Pit Stop is an extended interview with one of the greatest Formula 1 engineers in history – Gordon Murray. Pit stops have become a large part of Formula 1, and of motor racing in general, but many of the elements that make up a modern pit stop were developed by Murray...

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The History of the Pit Stop: An Interview With Gordon Murray

The History of the Pit Stop is an extended interview with one of the greatest Formula 1 engineers in history – Gordon Murray.

Pit stops have become a large part of Formula 1, and of motor racing in general, but many of the elements that make up a modern pit stop were developed by Murray and the Brabham team back in 1982 and first introduced at that year’s Austrian Grand Prix.

The trials and tribulations of creating rudimentary plywood tire warmers, high-pressure refueling rigs made from old beer kegs, and accidentally blowing up fuel tanks makes for a great story and Murray tells it well. Even fans with just a passing interest in motor racing, this short film is a must watch.

I’ve included in-race footage from 1982 showing the first of the Brabham pit stops, if you look closely you can see Gordon Murray out in front of the car acting as what we would now call the “lollypop man”.

Editor’s Note: The interview film loops half way through (at approximately the 20 minute mark) and replays the interview from the B camera. I’m not sure why it does this.

The History of the Pit Stop An Interview With Gordon Murray

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Williams F1 Forged Magnesium Wheel Coffee Table https://silodrome.com/williams-f1-rays-magnesium-wheel/ Wed, 30 May 2018 04:01:21 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=77772 Williams F1 Forged Magnesium Wheel Coffee Table

This is a Williams Racing race-used wheel that was fitted to the FW35 car in the 2013 F1 World Championship season. It’s now been converted into a coffee table by the addition of a toughened glass top, but other than this it’s in the same condition it was in when used by the team –...

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Williams F1 Forged Magnesium Wheel Coffee Table

This is a Williams Racing race-used wheel that was fitted to the FW35 car in the 2013 F1 World Championship season. It’s now been converted into a coffee table by the addition of a toughened glass top, but other than this it’s in the same condition it was in when used by the team – dings and all.

Each of these forged magnesium wheels is manufactured by Rays in Japan using their own unique, proprietary process. Magnesium wheels are approximately 30% lighter than a comparable aluminum-alloy wheel, while still having comparable strength, and also possessing superior vibration damping properties.

The wheel/coffee table you see here still has the captive wheel nut attached, as well as the original balance weights attached to the rim, making it an excellent conversation piece, and the ideal place to sit your beer while watching the race.

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Williams F1 Rays Magnesium Wheel

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Footage: The 1971 Formula 1 Team Bosses Race – In Identical Ford Escort MKIs https://silodrome.com/1971-formula-1-team-bosses-race/ Sun, 13 May 2018 04:01:37 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=77008 Footage: The 1971 Formula 1 Team Bosses Race – In Identical Ford Escort MKIs

The Jack Brabham Trophy Race was held at Brands Hatch in 1971, identical cars were piloted by the Formula 1 paddock’s team bosses, and there would be absolutely no love lost in the competitive battle around the British circuit. The bosses that lined up on the start grid were Frank Williams, Jack Brabham, Colin Chapman,...

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Footage: The 1971 Formula 1 Team Bosses Race – In Identical Ford Escort MKIs

The Jack Brabham Trophy Race was held at Brands Hatch in 1971, identical cars were piloted by the Formula 1 paddock’s team bosses, and there would be absolutely no love lost in the competitive battle around the British circuit.

The bosses that lined up on the start grid were Frank Williams, Jack Brabham, Colin Chapman, John Surtees, Max Mosley, Eric Broadley, Ken Tyrrell, Mike Costin, Phil Kerr, Jackie Epstein, Ed Nelson, Doug Hardwick, Alan Rees, Ian Williams, and Tim Parnell.

The men were issued with identical Ford Escort Mexicos fitted with open exhausts and Dunlop radial road tyres. For the uninitiated, the Ford Escort Mexico is one of the most beloved blue-collar British cars of its generation, it was built to celebrate what was possibly the MKI Escort’s greatest ever victory – in the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally.

The 10 lap Jack Brabham Trophy Race was essentially a sprint – there’s no need for pitstops or much in the way of strategy, they key to winning was simply to be slightly faster than everyone else, without blowing your engine or binning the car into the barriers.

The race was far from a series of parade laps – the team managers drove their Escorts at the very limit of car’s capabilities. It’s clear over the course of the race that some paint was swapped, and some dents were introduced, and one of the cars ends up with a blown engine (or some other drivetrain failure).

It’s a shame we don’t have a similar annual charity event held nowadays with the current crop of Formula 1 team managers, it’d make fascinating viewing and it’d likely have better TV ratings than half the Grand Prix on the calendar.

The Ford Escort Mexico

The specially prepared car was driven by Finnish rally legend Hannu Mikkola and Swedish co-driver Gunnar Palm, the Escort Mexico that was developed by Ford’s Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) for sale to the general public was lower spec than the race car, but provided a thrilling driving experience at a price that was affordable for middle class petrolheads.

The Escort Mexico was built using the same strengthened (unibody) bodyshell as the RS model for optimal rigidity, it was powered by the legendary Ford Kent Crossflow 1600cc inline-4 capable of 86 bhp and 92 ft lbs of torque. These aren’t power figures that’ll set the world alight, but in a 760 kilogram car like the MKI Escort, the 1600cc Crossflow engine was capable of belting along B-roads at speeds that’ll cause more than a raised eyebrow from the local constabulary.

Ford Escort

Note: The above image is not from the Jack Brabham Trophy Race, it’s used for illustrative purposes only.

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A Drivable 1:2 Scale 1977 Ferrari 312T2 Formula 1 Car https://silodrome.com/ferrari-312t2-formula-1-car-model/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:01:55 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=76386 A Drivable 1:2 Scale 1977 Ferrari 312T2 Formula 1 Car

The Original Ferrari 312T2 In 1976 Niki Lauda drove the Ferrari 312T2 Formula 1 car to a Constructor’s Championship alongside teammate Clay Regazzoni, Lauda missed out on winning the Driver’s Championship by a single point as a result of his horrific crash at the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. After very nearly dying in the...

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A Drivable 1:2 Scale 1977 Ferrari 312T2 Formula 1 Car

The Original Ferrari 312T2

In 1976 Niki Lauda drove the Ferrari 312T2 Formula 1 car to a Constructor’s Championship alongside teammate Clay Regazzoni, Lauda missed out on winning the Driver’s Championship by a single point as a result of his horrific crash at the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.

After very nearly dying in the fire that followed the accident, the now badly burned Lauda rushed his rehabilitation in order to get back into the Ferrari 312T2 and challenge McLaren driver James Hunt. Their famous rivalry has been the subject of multiple books, documentaries, and a major feature film starring Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, and Olivia Wilde, directed by Ron Howard.

The battle royale between Hunt and Lauda is remembered as one of the greatest rivalries in Formula 1 history, and the success of the Ferrari 312T2 has seen it become an icon in its own right. The Ferrari 312T was released in 1975 as a replacement for the less-than-successful Ferrari 312B3 – it had become clear that the problems with the 312B3 were too significant, and a new car was required.

Italy Car Ferrari 312T2 Formula 1 Childs Car Back

The project was headed by Mauro Forghieri, who developed a lightweight tubular steel spaceframe with aluminium panels fitted. The engine was a naturally aspirated Ferrari Flat-12 mated to a Ferrari Type 015 5-speed transverse gearbox – designed to sit in front of the rear axle line and improve weight distribution.

The Ferrari 312T and its evolutionary iterations the 312T2 through to the 312T6 competed in 90 races, of which they won 27, with 61 podiums, 19 pole positions, and 25 fastest laps. The 312T series would also take 4 Constructor’s Championships and 3 Driver’s Championships, a remarkable feat given that before the 312T came along the previous Constructor’s Championship win for Ferrari occurred all the way back in 1964.

Italy Car Ferrari 312T2 Formula 1 Childs Car Suspension

The 1:2 Scale 1977 Ferrari 312T2 Formula 1 Car Shown Here

The car you see here is a working 1:2 scale model of the original car, interestingly it was built by Italy Car of Bologna for the proprietor’s daughter, and he got Ferrari’s main suppliers to supply 1:2 scale versions of many of the items supplied to the Formula 1 team – from Momo for the steering wheel to Goodyear for the tires.

The first example was shown at the Bologna Motor Show in 1977, just a year after the famous “Rush” reason of Formula 1. Niki Lauda saw it and loved it so much he ordered one for his own son, but sadly just 5 would be completed before the parent company went bankrupt – an additional two cars were later completed from parts.

Sadly, though understandably, the 1:2 scale model car isn’t powered by a 1:2 scale model of the Ferrari Flat-12 – it’s instead powered by a far simpler and easier to maintain mid-mounted BCC two-stroke engine with an electric starter, with a gearbox offering two forward gears and one reverse. Impressively the car does have independent suspension all round, with hydraulic disc brakes – both front disc brakes even have functional air scoops.

It’s not know how many of the original 5 cars and 2 “parts” cars have survived to the modern day, so this example will likely attract a lot of attention when it rolls across the auction block with Bonhams in Monaco on the 11th of May.

If you’d like to read more about it or register to bid you can click here to visit the listing.

Italy Car Ferrari 312T2 Formula 1 Childs Car Body Off

Italy Car Ferrari 312T2 Formula 1 Childs Car Steering Wheel

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Documentary: Red Number 5 – Nigel Mansell’s First Indycar Season https://silodrome.com/red-number-5-nigel-mansells-first-indycar-season/ Sun, 22 Apr 2018 04:01:52 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=76298 Documentary: Red Number 5 – Nigel Mansell’s First Indycar Season

At the end of the 1992 season, British Formula 1 driver Nigel Mansell shocked the racing world when he announced that he was leaving F1 to compete in the CART IndyCar Series. He had taken the F1 World Championship in 1992 with Williams, but contract negotiations for 1993 had soured, and he decided to leave Formula...

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Documentary: Red Number 5 – Nigel Mansell’s First Indycar Season

At the end of the 1992 season, British Formula 1 driver Nigel Mansell shocked the racing world when he announced that he was leaving F1 to compete in the CART IndyCar Series. He had taken the F1 World Championship in 1992 with Williams, but contract negotiations for 1993 had soured, and he decided to leave Formula 1 behind for the popular open wheeled CART series across the pond.

What happened next shocked the racing world on the other side of the Atlantic. Despite being an Indycar rookie, Mansell took pole position at the opening race at the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit in Queensland, Australia. He went on to win the race, and set the fastest lap.

No rookie had ever achieved a win in their first race, let alone a pole position, and a fastest lap. Mansell had started the 1993 season as he meant to continue, and despite a crash that forced him to miss the second race at the Phoenix International Raceway, he would take the 1993 CART Championship – with 5 victories, 10 podiums, and 191 points – 8 more than Emerson Fittipaldi in second place.

This 45 minute documentary covers Mansell’s now legendary 1993 season, with highlights from the races and some racing footage that makes it worth a watch in and of itself.

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Nigel Mansell Indycar Season 1993

Nigel Mansell Crash 1993 Indycar Season

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Ex-Mika Häkkinen 1982 Finnkart SF A1 – Championship Winner https://silodrome.com/mika-hakkinen-finnkart-go-kart/ Thu, 29 Mar 2018 07:00:45 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=75657 Ex-Mika Häkkinen 1982 Finnkart SF A1 – Championship Winner

Mika Häkkinen, known colloquially as the “Flying “Finn”, is consistently rated as one of the quickest Formula 1 drivers of all time. He’s the only driver that Michael Schumacher was reported to be afraid of, possibly because Häkkinen had soundly beat him to the 1998 and 1999 Formula 1 World Championship, but possibly also because...

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Ex-Mika Häkkinen 1982 Finnkart SF A1 – Championship Winner

Mika Häkkinen, known colloquially as the “Flying “Finn”, is consistently rated as one of the quickest Formula 1 drivers of all time. He’s the only driver that Michael Schumacher was reported to be afraid of, possibly because Häkkinen had soundly beat him to the 1998 and 1999 Formula 1 World Championship, but possibly also because Häkkinen had crashed into the back of Schumacher during an aggressive overtaking maneuver on the penultimate lap of the 1990 Macau Grand Prix.

As with many Formula 1 drivers, Mika Häkkinen’s racing career started in childhood competing in local karting championships. The first lap of his karting career ended in disaster, with the young Finn crashing a rented go-kart on a local racing track – undeterred he pestered his parents until they finally relented and bought him a secondhand go-kart that had previously belonged to Henri Toivonen.

Mika trounced many more experienced kids to win his first race in 1975 at the Keimola Motor Stadium, as his career progressed he continued to impress, winning the 1978 and 1979 Keimola Club Championships.

In 1980 he won the Swedish Lapland Cup, and a year later he won the 85cc class of the Finnish Karting Championship. In the same year he finished second in the 85cc class of the Formula Mini series, and he took a popular win in the Ronnie Peterson Memorial race – those last two events were contested with Mika driving the kart you see here, a Finnkart SF A1, chassis #466.

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Häkkinen driving kart #1, in 1st place.

For the 1983 season Häkkinen moved from the 85cc class up to the 100cc class, this kart was then kept by Finnkart’s proprietor, Petri Pirkola, who had been originally supplied it to Mika back in the early 1980s.

Häkkinen’s career would continue its precipitous climb, he won multiple championships in karts as well as Formula Ford, British Formula 3, the Opel-Lotus Euroseries, and of course Formula 1.

As an original kart with championship-winning history from Mika’s formative years, this Finnkart SF A1 is likely to attract significant attention when it crosses the auction block with Bonhams in Monaco on the 11th of May. They’re estimating the value at between €9,000 and €12,000, which actually sounds quite reasonable – if only I would fit in that seat.

If you’d like to read more about this go-kart or register to bid you can click here to visit the listing on Bonhams.

Mika Häkkinen 1982 Finnkart 85cc SF A1

Mika Häkkinen 1982 Finnkart 85cc SF A1

Mika Häkkinen 1982 Finnkart 85cc SF A1

Mika Häkkinen 1982 Finnkart 85cc SF A1

Mika Häkkinen 1982 Finnkart 85cc SF A1

Mika Häkkinen 1982 Finnkart 85cc SF A1

Mika Häkkinen 1982 Finnkart 85cc SF A1

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Ayrton Senna’s Original 1993 McLaren MP4/8 Formula 1 Car https://silodrome.com/mclaren-mp4-8-formula-1-car/ Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:00:21 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=75025 Ayrton Senna’s Original 1993 McLaren MP4/8 Formula 1 Car

This McLaren MP4/8 was the car driven by Ayrton Senna to his record-setting 6th win at the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, beating the previous record holder Graham Hill, and setting a record that would remain unbroken to the modern day. The car that would give Ayrton Senna his final Monaco win is now due...

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Ayrton Senna’s Original 1993 McLaren MP4/8 Formula 1 Car

This McLaren MP4/8 was the car driven by Ayrton Senna to his record-setting 6th win at the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, beating the previous record holder Graham Hill, and setting a record that would remain unbroken to the modern day.

The car that would give Ayrton Senna his final Monaco win is now due to return to the principality in 2018, and be sold on to a new owner. Impressively, the car is in full working order and ready for vintage motorsport competition.

The McLaren MP4/8

Neil Oatley designed the McLaren MP4/8 for the 1993 Formula 1 season, with an advanced package of electronics including traction control systems, active suspension, and a semi-automatic paddle shift transmission.

If the MP4/8 had any great weakness, it was its engine. The previously dominant McLaren used a Honda engine which had ceased production at the end of the 1992 season, a causality of the global recession that had impacted car sales, causing Honda to tighten its belt.

The race to find a new engine had consumed Ron Dennis, he wanted the Renault V10 but had been unable to wrangle a deal, and had to settle instead for the Ford-Cosworth HBD7 V8. Although it was almost 80 hp down on the Renault and 60 hp down on the Ferrari V12, the Ford-Cosworth unit was smaller and lighter – allowing a shorter wheelbase and better weight distribution.

McLaren MP4/8 Formula 1 Car

Ayrton Senna was paired with Michael Andretti as the 1993 season began, and the two men battled the Williams, Benetton, and Ferrari drivers – all of whom had a significant power advantage. Senna and Prost continued their legendary rivalry with one or the other of them taking wins in the first 10 races, with Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher taking wins later in the season, before Senna capped it off by winning the final two races.

Senna piloted this car, chassis #6, in eight of the races of the 1993 season including the Spanish, Monaco, Canadian, French, British, German, Belgian, and Italian Grand Prix.

The stand-out race would be the famous win in Monaco, a race considered to be the highlight of the season, with a win at Monaco being second only to winning the World Championship.

Ayrton Senna’s 1993 McLaren MP4/8 – Chassis #6

Now offered in remarkably original and running condition, chassis #6 will be going home to a new owner after the Bonhams auction in Monaco on the 11th of May.

As you can doubtless imagine, it’s borderline impossible to accurately estimate how much a car with provenance like this may sell for – it’s blisteringly desirable and it’s a car that will be welcomed with open arms at any automotive event in the world.

It’s probably safe to say that it’ll surpass the $7.5 million winning bid on Michael Schumacher’s Monaco Grand Prix-winning 2001 Ferrari, but it really depends who’s in the room (and on the phone) on the day.

With its iconic red and white Malboro livery, it’s solid gold Ayrton Senna pedigree, and the fact that it’s from one of McLaren’s most successful eras in the sport. If you’d like to read more about this car, or register to bid, you can click here to visit the listing on Bonhams.

McLaren MP4/8 Formula 1 Car Side

McLaren MP4/8 Formula 1 Car 1 Back

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McLaren MP4/8 Formula 1 Car Rear Wing

McLaren MP4/8 Formula 1 Car Overhead

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McLaren MP4/8 Formula 1 Car Air Intake

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Ayrton Senna's 1993 McLaren MP4/8 Formula 1 Car

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How to Build a Car – The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Formula 1 Designer https://silodrome.com/how-to-build-a-car-adrian-newey-book/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 04:00:20 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=74464 How to Build a Car – The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Formula 1 Designer

How to Build a Car – The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Formula 1 Designer is an essential read for any racing fan – Adrian Newey is by far the most successful Formula 1 car designer in history, his designs have won 10 Constructors’ Championships, with 3 different teams, and in the ’80s he spent...

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How to Build a Car – The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Formula 1 Designer

How to Build a Car – The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Formula 1 Designer is an essential read for any racing fan – Adrian Newey is by far the most successful Formula 1 car designer in history, his designs have won 10 Constructors’ Championships, with 3 different teams, and in the ’80s he spent some time in the USA, where he designed the cars that won the 1985 and 1986 CART titles.

My favorite Adrian Newey story is from his school years at Repton public school in Derbyshire where he studied alongside former Top Gear and current Grand Tour host Jeremy Clarkson. Newey was in charge of setting up the sound system for progressive rock band Greenslade in one of the school’s 11th-century buildings. He pushed the sound levels so high that the band blasted out the building’s stained glass windows, and as a result he was expelled.

This book was penned by Newey and it covers the oftentimes unknown stories of his remarkable career in motorsports. It’s an engaging, fun read that deserves a spot on any petrolhead’s bookshelf.

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How to Build a Car - The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Formula 1 Designer

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How to Build a Car – The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Formula 1 Designer

The world’s foremost designer in Formula One, Adrian Newey OBE is arguably one of Britain’s greatest engineers and this is his fascinating, powerful memoir.

How to Build a Car explores the story of Adrian’s unrivalled 35-year career in Formula One through the prism of the cars he has designed, the drivers he has worked alongside and the races in which he’s been involved.

A true engineering genius, even in adolescence Adrian’s thoughts naturally emerged in shape and form – he began sketching his own car designs at the age of 12 and took a welding course in his school summer holidays. From his early career in IndyCar racing and on to his unparalleled success in Formula One, we learn in comprehensive, engaging and highly entertaining detail how a car actually works. Adrian has designed for the likes of Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill, David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, always with a shark-like purity of purpose: to make the car go faster. And while his career has been marked by unbelievable triumphs, there have also been deep tragedies; most notably Ayrton Senna’s death during his time at Williams in 1994.

Beautifully illustrated with never-before-seen drawings, How to Build a Car encapsulates, through Adrian’s remarkable life story, precisely what makes Formula One so thrilling – its potential for the total synchronicity of man and machine, the perfect combination of style, efficiency and speed.

How to Build a Car - The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Formula 1 Designer

How to Build a Car - The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Formula 1 Designer

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Remote Control: Tyrrell P34 Six Wheeler – 1976 Japan GP Edition https://silodrome.com/rc-tyrrell-p34-six-wheeler/ Fri, 09 Mar 2018 07:00:10 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=74566 Remote Control: Tyrrell P34 Six Wheeler – 1976 Japan GP Edition

This Tyrrell P34 Six Wheeler by Tamiya is undoubtably one of the greatest remote controlled Formula 1 cars money can buy. The Japanese company released the first R/C model of the iconic F1 car back in 1977, and have kept it in production in various iterations ever since. The car you see here is the...

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Remote Control: Tyrrell P34 Six Wheeler – 1976 Japan GP Edition

This Tyrrell P34 Six Wheeler by Tamiya is undoubtably one of the greatest remote controlled Formula 1 cars money can buy. The Japanese company released the first R/C model of the iconic F1 car back in 1977, and have kept it in production in various iterations ever since.

The car you see here is the 1976 Japan GP Edition version of the Tyrrell P34 Six Wheeler, it sits on a modified Tamiya F103 chassis and it has a removable polycarbonate body that covers the centrally-mounted battery pack and rear-mounted electric motor.

The original Tyrrell P34 is remembered as one of the most unusual and memorable Formula 1 cars of all time, with its four front wheels that were designed to lower frontal aerodynamic drag and increase grip.

The car began racing in 1976 and its true golden moment was a 1-2 finish at the 1976 Swedish Grand Prix with drivers Jody Scheckter and Patrick Depailler driving respectively. Eventually rule changes were made to outlaw cars with more than four wheels, and the Tyrrell was relegated to being a highlight in the history books.

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Tamiya Tyrrell P34 Six Wheeler

Tyrrell P34 Six Wheeler F1 Car Cutaway

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1979 Alfa Romeo V12 Formula 1 Engine – Tipo 1260 https://silodrome.com/alfa-romeo-v12-formula-1-engine/ Wed, 28 Feb 2018 04:00:14 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=72790 1979 Alfa Romeo V12 Formula 1 Engine – Tipo 1260

There’s nothing like finding an original Alfa Romeo V12 Formula 1 engine up for sale for the borderline affordable price (for some) of ~$20,000 USD to get you thinking about engine swaps. It comes with its original transaxle too, so you’ll just need to find a mid-engined car in need of a power plant –...

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1979 Alfa Romeo V12 Formula 1 Engine – Tipo 1260

There’s nothing like finding an original Alfa Romeo V12 Formula 1 engine up for sale for the borderline affordable price (for some) of ~$20,000 USD to get you thinking about engine swaps. It comes with its original transaxle too, so you’ll just need to find a mid-engined car in need of a power plant – maybe something like the highly-regarded Factory Five GTM.

This particular Alfa Romeo Tipo 1260 V12 has quite an interesting history, it was sent to the Mirage team after Renault pulled out of the World Sports Car Championship in 1978, leaving the team with no engines.

One promising potential engine supplier was Alfa Romeo’s Autodelta, with their Alfa Romeo Tipo 1260 V12 engine that had been designed for Formula 1. The engine has a capacity of 2991cc, with 12 cylinders in a 60° “V” configuration, and natural aspiration.

The Mirage team chose to go with the well-known Ford Cosworth DFV engine, as a result this engine remains in good overall condition, though it is slightly used. If you’d like to bolt it to the back of your project car you’ll need to make your way to the listing on Bonhams here to register to bid.

Alfa Romeo V12 Formula 1 Engine

Alfa Romeo V12 Formula 1 Engine

Alfa Romeo V12 Formula 1 Engine

Alfa Romeo V12 Formula 1 Engine

Alfa Romeo V12 Formula 1 Engine

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 Transaxle

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