Posts in Racing History
Dark Horse - 1986 Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione

Even so, there was a very good reason for this apparent oversight. Ferrari never intended to enter the the sport as a factory team, instead opting to take the same sort of role they had done in the past.As with the Michelotto cars, Ferrari wished to sell a bunch of the cars to select privateers, who would only compete in pure tarmac events. This way the factory would have all the publicity with minimal financial and managerial expenses.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
Carbon Conqueror - 2013 Mazda 6 Skyactiv-D GX

To this end, Mazda elected revamp an existing campaign. Through race engineering firm SpeedSource, the company had been running a 20B-powered version of the RX-8 in the Rolex Sports Car Series, the premier category sanctioned by the Grand Am Road Racing Association. For 2013, Grand Am added the Grand eXperimental class, a category intended to showcase alternative drivetrain technologies in the traditionally V8-dominated series.

Read More
Class Warfare - 1993 Opel Calibra V6 4x4 DTM

Hoping to steal the Italian’s thunder, Opel employed the services of multiple Le Mans winning team Joest Racing. Joest was tasked with the development and running of the ambitious project, ensuring a professional and methodical approach to Opel’s biggest racing effort yet.

Read More
Twisted Torque - 1969 Matra MS84 4WD Cosworth

At Matra, designer Bernard Boyer reached the same conclusion. Under his direction, work started on a four wheel drive development of the concurrent MS80. In order to get a head start, Boyer contracted Ferguson itself to develop the car’s drivetrain. The biggest issue with creating the innovative machine was the position of the engine.

Read More
Awful Aftertaste - 1998 Bitter GT1

Owing to the much larger V10, the car’s chassis had to be stretched substantially. This coincided with Hezeman’s plans for the body, which would sport larger front and rear sections in order to generate more downforce. Lotus designer Martin Ogilvie was drafted in for a few days to realize this concept in a more professional manner.

Read More
King Wrong - 1975 Ford Gran Torino NASCAR

The car’s undeniable star power raised expectations, but the team swiftly found out the Torino didn’t exactly take kindly to the French countryside. As expected, the car was right at home on the 6 kilometer (3.7 mile) long Mulsanne straight, but found itself agitated on any section of track even slightly twistier than that.

Read More
Constant Veracity - 1972 Huron-DAF 4A Variomatic Cosworth

The previous year, a small Canadian firm by the name of Huron had started running their 4A 2L sportscar. The car was powered by a 1.8L Cosworth FVC engine, and managed to contest a single race before the company folded.

Read More
Escalation Game - 1997 Lister Storm GTL

For the other teams competing in BPR, Porsche latest trick was very bad news. The 911 GT1 swiftly laid waste to the conservatively modified opposition upon arrival late in the 1996 season, leaving the writing on the wall.

Read More