Articles tagged Pratt & Whitney

Page 129 of March 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 129, March 2014

Clash of the Titans

When Indy 500 entrant Andy Granatelli teamed up with Colin Chapman, sparks were inevitable Andy Granatelli’s death on December 29 closed a remarkable chapter in motor racing history. The 90-year-old’s exploits and impact upon American track racing as would-be driver turned promoter, constructor, entrant and all-round entrepreneur had tremendous resonance upon the British audience during the 1960s...

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Formula One Trend of Design

Forced Induction A development that has been slow in getting under way in Formula One is that of forced induction. Up to 1950 anyone who was really serious about Grand Prix racing built engines with forced induction, the basic system used almost universally being that of the positively-driven supercharger. Until 1938 it was accepted that all right-minded designers of racing engines would force...

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The 42nd Italian Grand Prix

The dice of the debutants Monza, Italy, September 5th. Before the meeting began there was not too much enthusiasm among the Italian populace for the 42nd Italian Grand Prix, even though it was the 50th anniversary of the running of the first Italian Grand Prix. This was because the fortunes of the Ferrari team were at a very low ebb following defeat in the Austrian Grand Prix, the race in which...

Page 58 of February 1979 archive issue thumbnail Page 58, February 1979

Were they really built?

Looking at the photograph of the Bimotore Alfa Romeo that we published in the December issue of Motor Sport, I could not help wondering if it really happened. The idea of building a car with a straight-8 engine in front of the driver and another behind, both driving to the rear wheels, seems almost too bizarre to be true. I can vouch for the fact that it did happen, as can many other people, for...

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The British Connection

The Penske PC 17-Chevrolet with which Rick Mears won this year's Indianapolis 500-Mile Race was manufactured in Poole in Dorset. Indeed, all the competing chassis, and most of the engines, were of British origin. But despite the success of our automotive export industry, and the presence in the 33-car field of one Englishman (Jim Crawford) and one Irishman (Derek Daly), interest in the American...

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American Comment

The Great Turbine Controversy finally came to a head last month when practice opened for the 52nd Indianapolis 500. Although this was necessarily written before the qualification attempts or the race itself, the first two weeks produced more than their usual share of extraordinary and, unfortunately, tragic events. The controversy began, of course, when Parnelli Jones drove the S.T.P. Turbocar to...

Page 54 of May 2011 archive issue thumbnail Page 54, May 2011

The 10 greatest '500' finishes

From blazing cars to victory by inches, the Motor Speedway’s official historian talks us through the most dramatic race climaxes There has long been a saying in the United States, attributed to the legendary New York Yankees baseball star Lawrence 'Yogi' Berra, who is alleged to have coined the masterpiece "It's never over until it's over," or something along those lines. Regardless, that basic...

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Jochen Rindt Memorial Race

A Sunday afternoon drive for Ickx Hockenheim-Ring, Germany, June 13th With the ban on the Belgian Grand Prix by the CSI the Formula One world was faced with three clear weekends between Monte Carlo and the next event, due at Zandvoort. For some who were repairing the ravages of Monte Carlo this was a good thing, while others were taking the opportunity to enlarge their stock of 1971 material and...

Page 20 of July 1967 archive issue thumbnail Page 20, July 1967

Indianapolis 500-mile race

(May 30th/31st) This year Indianapolis returned to normal, for the U.S.A.C. oval track racers seemed to have learnt how to build and drive the rear-engined "funny cars" introduced by Brabham and Lotus. The result was that qualifying speeds were impressively high and, apart from Gurney in one of his Eagle-Ford V8 cars, the Grand Prix-type drivers were relegated to the back of the grid amongst the...

Page 58 of April 2006 archive issue thumbnail Page 58, April 2006

Whistling in the dark

Gas turbine racers were hot news for a few experimental years. Gordon Cruickshank explains Gas turbines in cars just don't work. If they did we'd all be running one today. But over three decades, from the 1950s on, engineers on both sides of the Atlantic put immense resources into trying to marry an aircraft engine to a road vehicle. And turbine cars twice came within a gnat's crochet of pulling...

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