JordanMugen wrote: ↑
Mon Apr 25, 2022 6:36 am
Is is true that wings were actually banned until 1967 and that is why they were not fitted to Grand Prix cars before?
Michael May had a wing amidships on his Porsche spyder c.1955 (Nurburgring 1000k) - but wasn't allowed to use it
Jim Clark's mechanics made a small wing (from a helicopter rotor blade) in Tasman 'winter 1967/8' series Lotus 49
iirc the series that Ferrari won
then Ferrari and Brabham had wings in the 1968 Belgian GP - Brabham having had front (anti-lift ?) in the 67 race
(did Ferrari get net DF from their earlier greatly ducktailed sports prototype so-called spoilers of Ginther era ??)
pre WW2 an obscure LSR car (Sunbeam ??) and an 'Opel' (Sander) rocket car, both had novel airfoil 'all-aspect DF' wings
the 1961-65 (1.5 litre) F1 weight limit was of course reduced to 450 kg before the 1961 season
so when these cars eg 2 litre BRM & Lotus ran in the 1966 etc 3 litre F1 they were ballasted to 500 kg
but handily not ballasted in the Tasman series as that had no weight limit
also ballasted to 500 kg were 450 kg 1966/7 F2 or F2 -derived cars in F1 eg McLaren, Matra (ie Tyrrell's team), etc
(eg their Cosworth FVA making the pre-DFV F1 cars look stupid)
though at some tracks unballasted F2 cars ran concurrently with F1s but started behind
... the mechanics could be removing or installing 50 kg of ballast - maybe they 'got it wrong' on some big occasion !
closed cockpits of the past ?
https://forums.autosport.com/topic/2013 ... prix-cars/