Gordon Murray has a new baby.
Nothing has been spared and sooo much to list.
Jalopnik wrote up a great interview with Gordon Murray. https://jalopnik.com/gordon-murray-d...-an-1844588310
And Harry's Garage has a video out:
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cool stuff. Gordon Murray developed and raced this a while ago (1977), but it was apparently banned after winning by 34 seconds on it's first race:
In the midst of the ground effects craze came the realization by Gordon Murray, one of the most creative men in motorsports, that it might be possible to create even more downforce by actively generating a low-pressure area under a vehicle rather than simply relying on passive techniques. What better way to do that than by installing an enormous fan on the rear of the car that — similar in concept to the original Chaparral 2J Can-Am entry — sucked air from beneath the chassis?
Thus was born the Brabham BT46B, a car that would enter only a single race in 1977 (which it won by a whopping 34 seconds over the second place finisher) before it was banned from further competition. Even better: by outlining that it was “primarily designed to cool the engine,” and not provide “active aerodynamics,” the innovation stayed within the letter of the existing rulebook at the time. Citing stones and other junk being blown at them by the fan, however, and nursing wounded egos at how badly they had been beaten, the other teams complained to the point where Bernie Ecclestone, Brabham’s owner, bowed to the pressure and parked the BT46B forever.
praise the lowered
Originally Posted by George Bluth >>
It's so obnoxious when VW Golf/Jetta owners comment
I can only hope there is a contractual requirement with purchase to drive the car a minimum of 2500 miles a year. Force the collectors to drive what was built to be driven.
Can't wait for reviews from the likes of Chris harris...if Tiff Nedel isn't one foot in the grave that would be a fun full circle review as well.
It wasn't banned. A certain Bernie Eccelstone owned Brabham in those days, and as he was eyeing stating FOCA (Formula One Constructors' Association), and eventually owning the commercial rights to F1, ever the cunning businessman, he voluntarily pulled the car, appeasing the likes of Lotus' Colin Chapman and the rest of the teams.
Also, the technicality they used to make the fan legal was that its primary purpose was for engine cooling, and they had the math to show that to be the case. Of course, it was great at cooling the engine, but also at generating downforce.
The specs on this car are drool worthy enough that I can excuse almost any appearance, but--
- I wish it had dual taillights- those look too Ferrari/Alfa
- Headlights look cartoony
So I guess basically just change the lights?
Also is Peloton still a member on these boards? Wonder what his thoughts are.
Stats are perfect but I wish I can love how it looks.
Obviously an amazing feat of engineering. Exterior styling is a bit of a let down though. I think Peter Steven's touch is missed here. The shoulder curves are a bit broad and lack snap as does the DLO which, I'll add, includes one of those fake, blacked out "windows." The headlights look too big for the size of the car. The very low nose lacks character. The original set a high mark. He exceeds it on performance but not on style.
I'm impressed they had the budget to make the car the way they did. It's the first "supercar" that's made me excited in a long time.
Art house needs to double check their tire textures tho:
This has a strong resemblance to the F1 and that's not a bad thing. I like it.
Also, while watching the Drivetribe interview it turns out that the F1 was also a fan car, albeit much small fans. I didn't realize that.
"The standard McLaren F1 features no wings to produce downforce (compare the LM and GTR editions); however, the overall design of the underbody of the McLaren F1 in addition to a rear diffuser exploits ground effect to improve downforce which is increased through the use of two electric Kevlar fans to further decrease the pressure under the car. A "high downforce mode" can be turned on and off by the driver. At the top of the vehicle, there is an air intake to direct high pressure air to the engine with a low pressure exit point at the top of the very rear. Under each door is a small air intake to provide cooling for the oil tank and some of the electronics. The airflow created by the electric fans not only increases downforce, but the airflow that is created is further exploited through design, by being directed through the engine bay to provide additional cooling for the engine and the ECU. At the front, there are ducts assisted by a Kevlar electric suction fan for cooling of the front brakes."