A new revolutionary type of Formula One racing car went through its paces at the famous Silverstone Track on Wednesday (8 October).
SV Car body (2 shots)
CU Thick front dual wheels
CU Engine cylinders
CU Cabin and instrument panel
CU man taking air pressure in tyre
SV Driver getting into car
SV Designer Derek Gardner PAN TO driver in car
SV PAN Car roaring out of pits
CU Gardner clocking speed
GV PAN Car taking straight
Car dropping into corner and roaring out into straight
Car driving out of corner
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SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: A new revolutionary type of Formula One racing car went through its paces at the famous Silverstone Track on Wednesday (8 October).
Designed by Derek Gardner and built by Ken at the Elf Team Tyrrell workshops in Surrey, near London, the car has six wheels and a four steering system.
The vehicle has four front wheels which operate in tandem and each wheel is independently suspended. The object of having four front wheels is to reduce the drag on the car at the high speeds it is expected to travel.
Front wheels on modern Formula One cars is estimated to account for up to ten per cent of total drag on the vehicles. The rims on the four front wheels are designed so they do not extend beyond he body. All four front wheels are smaller than normal and have a special tyre developed by the Racing Division of the Goodyear Tyre Company.
The designer, Derek Gardner, said that having four front wheels increases the effective tread area of the tyres but drag is minimised because all four wheels are hidden behind the "bluff" Formula one cars carry on their noses. Gardner claims that the design fully utilises the "narrow track reduced drag philosophy".
He admits that the new steering arrangement will make for "heavier" steering, but Gardner claims the Elf-Tyrrell cars have always had an unusually light steering so that even if it is slightly heavier it will still be within acceptable limits.
Behind the engine the car remains conventional ... The engine is a standard 3-litre Cosworth-Ford V8. The designer claims that the new steering arrangement could accomplish the equivalent of adding between 40 and 50 horse-power to the engine.
Another added factor is the safely angle as the four front wheel arrangement enables a driver to retain control of the car at high speeds when a blowout occurs.