There was a time when Formulation One was identified way more for its wild engineering options than it was jet setting billionaires and celeb grid interviews. In 1976, with new laws coming in to slim the entrance wings, Tyrrell set about constructing a wild new idea to take aerodynamic benefit of that.
The end result was this P34 automotive with 4 “entrance” wheels to create extra contact patch on the entrance and cut back the aerodynamic drag by decreasing the diameter of these tires. It really kind of labored, with Jody Scheckter and Patrick Depailler ending 1-2 at that 12 months’s Swedish Grand Prix, and scoring twelve extra podium positions earlier than it was changed in 1978.
Whereas the smaller entrance diameter wheels positively helped the automotive to the next prime pace and elevated entrance grip, the staff didn’t fairly ship what James Hunt, McLaren, Niki Lauda, and Ferrari did in 76 and 77. By taking a wild swing on the design and improvement of the automotive, nevertheless, Tyrell did struggle on fairly degree enjoying area with the highest groups, scoring a wide range of pole positions, quickest laps, and podiums. The 1977 season was tormented by failures and crashes, nevertheless, with Tyrrell drivers struggling 19 DNFs from 17 grands prix.
So what is that this wild machine wish to drive? Belief that work solely to possibly the very best check driver in human historical past, the unique Stig, Ben Collins.
Being a automotive from the Seventies, his largest criticism was with driver consolation. Whereas I’m certain Tyrrell would have constructed their automotive round their drivers Jody Scheckter, Patrick Depailler, and Ronnie Peterson, the cockpit was cramped for Mr. Collins. Significantly the rollover hoop pressed firmly into his shins for the total extent of his drive. I do know I’d undergo a couple of minutes of shin ache to drive this automotive, although, so possibly that’s not a good criticism.
“It’s important to man-handle it to extract the efficiency,” says Mr. Stig. “On the restrict beneath braking to profit from what the little and the massive tires have to supply. And also you want an aggressive driving model to pitch these fats rear tires right into a slip angle to generate cornering pressure.”
That is a type of once-in-a-lifetime alternatives, and I certain hope Ben appreciates that. Primarily based on his phrases on this video (above) it appears he does. And by god, if he doesn’t say the fitting issues, that Cosworth Ford DFV definitely does. There’s a lap that begins at 11:55 within the video the place there aren’t any backing tracks or commentary tracks to distract you. I may take heed to that part on repeat for at the least the following decade. What a automotive.