• Oct 17th 2006 at 8:41PM
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Check out this Streetfire video of Jackie Stewart as he tries out the six-wheeler 1976 Tyrrell P34. Designed by Derek Gardner, it was an attempt at working around aero rules to reduce frontal area. The smaller tires would have reduced front grip, however, so a second set was engineered into the design. Along with the Brabham BT46B 'Fancar' from 1978, the six-wheeled Tyrrell was the most radical F1 car ever.

It first ran in the Spanish Grand Prix in 1976, and proved to be very competitive, with its 3.0-liter V8 pumping out 475bhp @10,000 rpm. Both Jody Scheckter and Patrick Depailler were able to produce solid results with the car, even capturing the top two podium steps in the Swedish Grand Prix. Although Scheckter is still the only driver to have ever won a race in a six-wheeled car, he left the team at the end of the season, insisting that the six-wheeler was 'a piece of junk!'

For 1977, Scheckter was replaced by Ronnie Peterson, and the P34 was redesigned to provide better aerodynamics. The P34B was wider and heavier than before and although Peterson and Depailler again showed some promise, the P34B struggled. Most agree it was because of the lack of development on the tires, and the added weight of the front suspension. For 1978, the P34 was abandoned, ending a legendary chapter in F1 history.

[Sources: Streetfire, Wiki]

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      • 8 Years Ago

      interesting you don't see the front video camera when they showed the forward looking view. must not have been one lap, but several with different camera placements and editting to make it seem like one lap.

      also - that wheel shot - looks like it was taken with by a car right next to it, but notice the camera tracks perfectly like it was attached to the car somehow.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's funny to see how far F1 has come in terms of mechanics. This was obviously a test, but there where what, five guys standing around, and one guy actually helping with the launch. There were also a bunch of randoms hanging around. No pit ids, no firesuits and helmets for everyone, just the basics.

      I like what we have now (especially with respect to driver, mechanic, and spectator safety), but the romance of simplicity cannot be denied.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Those are by far some of the coolest F1 cars ever made. One question though: If two smaller tires are more aerodynamic than one large one, why not run six tiny race kart tires? Or fifty rollerblade wheels....LOL
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yi Yi: The camera is on a rig, you can see the shadow at several points and then they switch to a non-car mounted camera you can see it clearly over the top of the cowling. Thats a great video.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I had the RC car of that car back in the day.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It is a amazing how FEW ads their are on the car and helmet.
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