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Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Wings and Things

If Red Bull gives you wings then McLaren gives you F ducts...

Chaparral gave us wings actually.  In 1966 they entered a Can-Am car with a high mounted wing which inspired other formulas including F1.

Jim Hall and Hap Sharp started the company in 1962
and soon produced a mid-engined semi monocoque design.

In 1970 they produced the  Chaparral 2J which had twin fans to accelerate air beneath the car and create downforce.  (familiar?)

Successes include the 1966 Nurburgring 1000 kms. (Phil Hill and Jo Bonnier driving), and the 1978 Indy 500 with a Chaparral prepared Lola (Al Unser).

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