Oddball F1 Car of Yesteryear: Tyrrell P34 in Monaco

Yes kids, there was a time in Formula One racing when engineers did whatever the hell they wanted — within a loose interpretation of reason — in the quest to find the best combo of speed and aerodynamics in an increasingly safety-conscious environment. That attitude led to the six-wheeled Tyrrell P34, a constant source of awe and amusement down Jalopnik way. Builder Derek Gardiner posited that smaller front tires would lead to a smaller frontal region to increase air penetration and reduce drag. The car's success was fleeting, and peaked at the Swedish Grand Prix during the 1977 season, when Jody Scheckter took first and Patrick Andr



ne Joseph Depailler took second. In this clip, we see the the late Depailler, the car's greatest proponent, as he laps Monaco, wheels aplenty. [Thanks to Pete for the tip.]



Because Who Doesn't Require a Tyrrell P34? [internal]

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Clearly they hadn't got a chance to install any kind of safety cage yet. Right? Not even a roll bar over the drivers head simply for ascetics?

It looks like he could reach his hand down and touch the track as he's driving. That's terrifying.

There's a scale model company who makes a nice version of this F-1 car. I saw a few on eBay last week.