Jackie Stewart, retired world car racing champion, has test-driven the revolutionary new six-wheel Grant Prix car from Elf Team Tyrrell at the circuit in Nice.
SCU INT Jackie Steward in caravan ZOOM OUT TO his wife sewing lining of his racing suit
SCU PAN EXTERIOR Caravan Stewart in racing suit next to Jodie Scheckter
CU Helen Stewart taking photos as her husband climbs into the new six wheel car
Six shorts of racing car as Stewart takes it around circuit
LV PAN Car around bends
CU Front wheels showing how suspension works
LV Car pulls into pits and stops
JACKIE STEWART IN CARAVAN: MRS. STEWART MAKING ALTERATIONS TO HIS RACING SUIT: STEWART WITH JODY SCHECKTER: MRS. STEWART TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS AS HER HUSBAND CLIMBS INTO EXPERIMENTAL CAR: STEWART TAKING CAR THROUGH ITS PACES ON CIRCUIT: CAR'S SUSPENSION: CAR AROUND BEND: CAR PULLING INTO PIT.
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SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: Jackie Stewart, retired world car racing champion, has test-driven the revolutionary new six-wheel Grant Prix car from Elf Team Tyrrell at the circuit in Nice.
Stewart, who at the height of his career was popularly refereed to as the Flying Scotsman, put the Formula 1 racing car through its paces as he chased Elf Team Tyrrell ace driver Jody Scheckter on circuit.
Still known only as 'Project 34', the car was designed by Derek Gardner and built at the Elf Team Tyrrell workshops in Ockham, Surrey. Present plans are to race it in 1976.
The six-wheal, triple-axle arrangement with four mini-sized front wheels in tandem in designed to reduce drag by narrowing the track and shrouding the front wheels. This, Elf Team Tyrell hopes will increase speed on the straight while maintaining or actually improving cornering speeds.
Translated into track advantage, Gardner is aiming at the same gain that would be achieved by extracting an extra 40-50 horsepower from t he Fort-Cosworth engine.
From a safety angle, Gardner points out that one of the many advantages of his tandem front wheels is the fail safe condition in the event of a puncture or sudden loss of air in t he front tyre. He said that because the wheels are, in the sense, duplicated, the remaining wheels would support the car and allow the driver to maintain control.
Garnder and Tyrrell began working on the car five years ago but the breakthrough only came in August last year when Goodyear agreed to produce the special front tyres required for the car.
Stewart,s association with Elf Team Tyrrell goes back a long way. He won three World Championships (1969, 1971, 1973) with them
SYNOPSIS: Jackie Stewart, retired world car racing champion, went to Nice this month to test-drive the revolutionary new six-wheel Grand Prix car from Elf Team Tyrrell. Also at the circuit was Jody Scheckter, the man who won the 1975 South African Grand Prix for Elf Team Tyrrell at Kyalami in March.
Helen Stewart, wife of the man who amassed more points than any other driver in the history of Grand Prix racing, was at the circuit to watch her husband test-drive The car. She took several photographs of Stewart preparing to put the experimental car through its paces on what is generally regarded as a very tough circuit.
Still known only as "Project 34", the car was designed by Derek Gardner and built at the Elf Team Tyrrell workshop[s in Surrey. Gardner hopes that the six-wheel, triple-axle arrangement with the four mini-sized front wheels in tandem will reduce drag. He expects the car to have more speed on the straight while maintaining or actually improving cornering Gardner point out that one of the many advantages of his tandem front wheels is the fail safe condition in the vent of a puncture or sudden loss of air in a front tyre. He says that because, in a sense, the wheels are duplicated, t he remaining one would support the car and allow the driver to maintain control. Stewart won World Championships with Elf Team Tyrrell in 1969, 1971 and 1973.