In an effort to halt European domination of world motor racing circuits, United States designers and engineers have developed the "Shadow" -- a high-speed, revolutionary-shaped speedster.
In an effort to halt European domination of world motor racing circuits, United States designers and engineers have developed the "Shadow" -- a high-speed, revolutionary-shaped speedster. But the car has been plagued with not only mechanical teething troubles, but also with unforseen problems resulting from a drunken-driver crash while being trailer-towed, which badly damaged the prototype.
It took tow years and 800,000 US Dollars to produce the "Shadow". The car was developed by Don Nichols, a Californian, in the hope that the United States could break the European stranglehold on motor racing.
The "Shadow" is very streamlined. Its radiator is set into one wing. The front end of the car is very low, the back shaped like a wedge. The radiator has been one of the main sources of trouble.
However, when the car was raced it reached a top speed in excess of 200 m.p.h. (320 k.p.h.). But it has still to win, or even finish a race.
The first car was demolished when returning from a Canadian circuit. The trailer was hit by a car driven by a drunken driver.
A second car was rushed into action to compete in the Lexington, Ohio race series. Here too, the "Shadow" failed to complete the course after it had appeared to be going well.
Among some of the other novel features of the car are its small wheels. Don Nichols, while disappointed with the "Shadow's" performance to date, says he will continue to work on the car and hopes to have it back in competition next year when its faults have been ironed out.