Aero Anomaly - 1971 Lola T260 Chevrolet Can Am

Although the T222 had shown a way forward, Bruce Marston and Eric Broadley decided against simply building upon its concept. Instead, they decided to go into a radically different direction. Traditionally, Can Am cars featured a large, shovel-like nose intended generate as much downforce as possible. The front-running McLarens were no exception.

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Heavy Heart - 1966 Lotus 43 BRM H16

Seemingly unable to let go of the memory of their insanely sounding, 1.5L supercharged V16 debut car, BRM had chosen to try a third way of conjoining two tiny 8-cylinder engines. Whereas the Type 15 had two conjoined 750cc V8’s, and the loosely-related Coventry Climax FWMW consisted of two merged flat-8’s, the new P75 would stack two 1.5L flat-8 engines on top of each other. When viewed from the side, this resembled a capital letter H.

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Kaiju Castaway - 1997 Lamborghini Diablo GT1

Using the standard 5.7L unit as a base, Lamborghini enlarged the stroke, fitted strengthened internals, lightened the block and developed an improved injection system for a 135 horsepower gain. The 6.0L, 60 degree V12 now managed to churn out 655 horsepower at an ear-splitting 7500 rpm, and 686 Nm (505 ft lbs) at 5500 rpm.

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Crop Killer - 1982 Eagle Aircraft Flyer Special Chevrolet Indycar

Dean Wilson was meanwhile finding it hard to make the switch from the sky to the speedway. After coming up with a conventional-looking design which Hamilton liked very much, he called him back to explain he was going to things completely different after he’d done some wind tunnel testing.

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Wasted Warhead - 1992 HKS-Lola T91-50 Test Mule

Hasegawa-san dreamed of building the ultimate racing engine, but found the environment at Yamaha too constrictive. Helped by funding from tuning pioneers Sigma Automotive, he was able to start a business of his own to fabricate the engines and performance parts major manufacturers could not or would not produce themselves.

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Mighty Mouse - 1983 Nissan Pulsar EXA Turbo Group C

While filling out the car’s homologation papers, CAMS officials made a small typo which would do wonders for the project. Instead of entering T02, they filled in a certain box with T03. This denoted the specific type of Garrett turbocharger allowed on the car. Thanks to the typo, that turbine was now a damn sight bigger than it normally would have been.

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Stealth Bombed - 1983 Tyrrell 012 Cosworth "Boomerang"

Luckily, Maurice Philippe had just that in mind. In order to give Tyrrell an aerodynamic advantage, he not only though out of the box, he stomped on it and threw it in the trash. Realizing a conventional wing could only do so much with the maximum width given by the FIA, he set out to maximize the surface area within the available space.

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