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#1 mp4

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Posted 01 October 2002 - 23:37

Hello,
I'm guessing this has been covered before but I'd like to try asking some questions.

Tyrrell had a six wheeler and managed to win a race.
March, apparently, built one with four rear drive wheels the same size as the fronts. I've never seen a pic of this.
Someone told me that Williams and Ferrari built a car with four rear tires on one axle. Is this true?
I have seen a pic of a McLaren or Ferrari, from the late '70's that was shown as an eight wheeler. I'm not THAT silly to think it was real and IIRC was a lark from one of the American car magazines.
Can any of you tell me about teams who seriously looked into this?

Thanks, in advance. :wave:

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#2 WGD706

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Posted 01 October 2002 - 23:43

Here's a link to a page with some photos and notes on various 6-wheelers.
http://www.f1nutter....ech/6wheels.htm
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#3 Ralliart

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Posted 02 October 2002 - 04:12

I believe the above link is incorrect - it was '77, not '76, that the Ferrari six-wheeler came out and it was Lauda and Reutemann that tested it.

#4 David Beard

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Posted 02 October 2002 - 06:43

Originally posted by mp4


Can any of you tell me about teams who seriously looked into this?

Thanks, in advance. :wave:


There's no telling in which direction F1 design would have gone in the 70s if the rules had not been tightened........


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#5 Felix Muelas

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Posted 02 October 2002 - 07:28

mp4

Please take a look into this link who will give you a lot of excelent information and pictures, courtesy of 8W of course ;)

Felix

#6 petefenelon

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Posted 02 October 2002 - 11:23

Originally posted by David Beard


There's no telling in which direction F1 design would have gone in the 70s if the rules had not been tightened........


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For a moment I thought you'd found some really obscure Lotus drawings, then I spotted your signature on it ;)

pete

#7 Rainer Nyberg

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Posted 02 October 2002 - 14:11

Felix, what happened to your 'time out' from AtlasBB???

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#8 TODave2

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Posted 03 October 2002 - 17:37

Has anyone got a picture of this one then (from the first link above)???


"If you ever come acorss magazines from 1976, look out for a picture of another Ferrari multi wheeler, an 8 wheel car being tested by Regazzoni, 4 on the front like Tyrrell, and four at the back like the March. Dubbed the Ferrari 312T8, pictures appeared in the press comlpete with exploded diagrams of how the car worked, which if you think about it is a pretty daft thing to do if you are developing a new concept for racing.

Problem was, none of the Paprazzi who permenantly camp round the chain-link fencing at Fiorano could confirm ever seeing the T8 in action. Some years later Ferrari came clean and admitted that the picture they released was a mock up, the T8 never did exist but was purely an exercise designed to keep people thinking about what they were up to next, which at the time was designing and building an Indycar, tested in the States but unraced and intended for Mario Andretti to drive until he decided to stay with Lotus"

#9 TODave2

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Posted 05 October 2002 - 15:15

Bah, that's no good, I wanna see the 8 wheel Ferrari :)