Posts tagged V8
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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Beautiful Nightmare - 1968 Alpine A220

Luckily, French engine wizard Amédée Gordini had a perfect solution to this problem. The last prototype Alpine had raced, the A210, featured a 140 horsepower 1.5L twin-cam four cylinder developed by Gordini himself.

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Fridge Magnet - 1974 Maki F101 Cosworth

The car looked unlike anything the paddock had ever seen. Its bulky oversized bodywork made it appear much bigger than it actually was. With its sizable airbox and gigantic sidepods, the car looked as gracious and nimble as a block of freshly hewn granite.

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Perilous Promise - 1954 Lancia D50

For the first time in its 52 year history, Lancia would take part in the pinnacle of motorsport. The company would debut in the still relatively new Formula One World Championship, which had seen its inception in 1950.

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Iron Giant - 1972 Jeep Wagoneer Competition Limited "Moby Dick"

Ignoring the blaring warning signs, Sgt. Henderson proceeded to do anything he possibly could to bring the obese machine up to speed. The weight was brought down slightly to a feathery 2000 kg (4409 lbs), and then brought back up again to 2177 kg (4799 lbs) because of extensive strengthening of the chassis, the addition of safety equipment and much larger fuel tanks.

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