This Is What It is Like To Drive A Six-Wheeled System One Automobile

There was a time when System One was recognized much more for its wild engineering options than it was jet setting billionaires and celeb grid interviews. In 1976, with new laws coming in to slim the entrance wings, Tyrrell set about constructing a wild new idea to take aerodynamic benefit of that.

The outcome was this P34 automobile with 4 “entrance” wheels to create extra contact patch on the entrance and cut back the aerodynamic drag by lowering the diameter of these tires. It really kind of labored, with Jody Scheckter and Patrick Depailler ending 1-2 at that 12 months’s Swedish Grand Prix, and scoring twelve further podium positions earlier than it was changed in 1978.

Whereas the smaller entrance diameter wheels positively helped the automobile to the next high velocity and elevated entrance grip, the workforce didn’t fairly ship what James Hunt, McLaren, Niki Lauda, and Ferrari did in 76 and 77. By taking a wild swing on the design and growth of the automobile, nonetheless, Tyrell did battle on fairly degree taking part in subject with the highest groups, scoring a wide range of pole positions, quickest laps, and podiums. The 1977 season was tormented by failures and crashes, nonetheless, with Tyrrell drivers struggling 19 DNFs from 17 grands prix.

Driving the INFAMOUS 6-WHEELED F1 automobile! | Tyrrell P34 I System 1 | Ben Collins I 4K

So what is that this wild machine prefer to drive? Belief that work solely to possibly the very best check driver in human historical past, the unique Stig, Ben Collins.

Being a automobile from the Seventies, his largest grievance was with driver consolation. Whereas I’m positive Tyrrell would have constructed their automobile round their drivers Jody Scheckter, Patrick Depailler, and Ronnie Peterson, the cockpit was cramped for Mr. Collins. Notably the rollover hoop pressed firmly into his shins for the total extent of his drive. I do know I’d endure a couple of minutes of shin ache to drive this automobile, although, so possibly that’s not a good grievance.

“It’s a must to man-handle it to extract the efficiency,” says Mr. Stig. “On the restrict below braking to take advantage of what the little and the big tires have to supply. And also you want an aggressive driving fashion to pitch these fats rear tires right into a slip angle to generate cornering power.”

That is a kind of once-in-a-lifetime alternatives, and I positive hope Ben appreciates that. Primarily based on his phrases on this video (above) it appears he does. And by god, if he doesn’t say the precise issues, that Cosworth Ford DFV actually does. There’s a lap that begins at 11:55 within the video the place there aren’t any backing tracks or commentary tracks to distract you. I might hearken to that part on repeat for a minimum of the following decade. What a automobile.