Tyrrell P34 - 6 wheel Formula One - Vintage
The Tyrrell P34 in this video is similar to the one driven by Patrick
Depailler. The car has been restored and is maintained by RM Motorsports in
Wixom, MI. Even though this car could be an accurate static museum piece,
it is MUCH more ...this is a fully functional and competitive car that is
being actively raced at vintage racing events.
The video was shot on location at the extensive RM Motorsports facility.
The Tyrrell P34 (Project 34) was originally built for the 1976 Formula One
season. Conceived by Tyrrell's chief designer Derek Gardner. It is one of
the most recognizable race car designs of all time due to it's unusual 6
wheels. The 4 front tires were specially made by Goodyear and mount on
small 10 inch wheels. The design intent was to reduce frontal area with the
smaller tires, therefore reducing drag.
Tyrrell team mates Jody Scheckter and Patrick Depailler put in a
respectable 1976 season with their P34's, with one win and several high
place finishes. Goodyear's failure to continually develop the small front
tires, eventually made the car uncompetitive.