10 Carros mais bizarros da F1 de todos os tempos

10 Weird F1 cars of all of the times

Mercedes W196

When Mercedes first entered Formula One in 1955 the paddock didn't know what had hit them. Not only was the Mercedes W196 supremely fast, it looked like no other racing car in existence. The streamlined body worked wonders at its debut at Reims (pictured) but resulted in handling problems at twistier tracks. A more conventional open-wheeled chassis was produced as a result but the steamlined versions still raced at Monza and on other high-speed tracks.

Ferguson P99

At a time when mid-engined cars were becoming the norm, Ferguson bucked the trend with a front-engined 4WD design. The P99 won the 1961 Oulton Park Gold Cup in the hands of Stirling Moss and also competed in the British Grand Prix at Aintree the same year, when Moss took the car over from Jack Fairman (pictured) after his own Lotus had retired. Moss still insists that, in period, the Ferguson was unbeatable in the wet.

March 711
The March 711 with its 'tea tray' front wing was designed by Frank Costin for the team's second season of competition in 1971. Although it never won a race, the 711 was fast in the hands of Ronnie Peterson and he finished the season in second (albeit distant) from Jackie Stewart's Tyrrell. As the season progressed a number of the body parts were changed, including the distinctive front wing although it did appear on some customer March 721s the following year.

Tyrrell P34
Possibly the most recognisable F1 car of the 1970s, the Tyrrell P34 and its six wheels caused a stir in the paddock on its arrival in 1976. It won the Swedish Grand Prix with Jody Scheckter behind the wheel, but he left the team at the end of the season claiming the P34 was "a piece of junk". The car's main setback was the lack of development of the bespoke Good Year front tyres and by the end of 1977 it was dropped. Williams, March and Ferrari all experimented with six-wheel cars from time-to-time in testing, although Williams and March put the double axle at the back and Ferrari put four wheels on a single rear axle.

Ligier JS5

Ligier's first entry in Formula One, loosely based on the previous year's Matra and designed by Gérard Ducarouge, certainly turned a few heads. Its bulbous airbox intake gave it a top-heavy appearance that even stood out on a grid that included Tyrrell's six-wheeler. The JS5 took three podiums but all were scored when the car was running a more subtle airbox.


Brabham BT46B
One of the most innovative F1 cars ever to hit the grid, the Brabham BT46B featured a giant extractor fan to create low pressure under the car and quite literally sucked it to the track. It was designer Gordon Murray's reaction to the Lotus 78's Venturi tunnels that could not be incorporated on the Brabham due to its low and wide flat-12 Alfa Romeo engine. The car won its maiden race at the Swedish Grand Prix before the fan concept was banned as a moveable aerodynamic device - even though Murray insisted it was used for cooling.

Ensign N179
A strong contender for the ugliest car on the list, the  Ensign N179  turned up at its debut grand prix in South Africa with its oil cooler and radiator in the nose cone. However, the car suffered from overheating problems and Derek Daly failed to qualify, complaining of poor handling. The N179 was soon modified to move the radiators into the conventional position in the sidepods, but the car didn't fare much better.

Arrows A2
The Arrows A2 was a novel design, intended to act as a giant wing. The original designs did not feature front or rear wings (a rear was added later on) with the shape of the car's main body sculpted to generate downforce. To aid aerodynamics the engine was mounted at an angle so it was higher at the rear, but this resulted in a skewed centre of gravity and unpredictable handling. It scored just two points and the concept was ditched at the end of the 1979 season.

Tyrrell 025 X-wings
The Tyrrell 025 only scored two points, both of which came at the Monaco Grand Prix where it featured its distinctive X-wings. To add extra downforce to the car the team put tiny winglets on stalks as well as ramping up the angle on the front and rear wings. The winglets were banned the following year after a number of other teams started to experiment with similar concepts.

Williams FW26
There were high expectations for the Williams FW26 in 2004 and when the Walrus-nosed car broke cover it immediately caught the attention of the media. Designed to increase airflow to the underbody of the car and maximise the effects of the front suspension geometry, the car got off to a reasonable start with a podium at its second race. However, it soon became clear that it was no match for the Ferraris and BARs and the team was forced to go back to the drawing board. At the Hungarian Grand Prix the FW26 featured a more conventional front wing and went on to win the final race of the season in Brazil.

Source: espnf1.com

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