Goodwood Festival of Speed to host all three six wheeled F1 cars for the first time ever

As the Festival of Speed gets underway later next week, spectators and racing enthusiasts alike will be in for some spectacular and unusual performance as six wheeled F1 cars get ready to participate in this event. Six wheeled Tyrrell P34, March 2-4-0 and Williams FW08B are yet to be seen on the same platform and hence this novel exhibition of three six wheeled cars in one line-up is bound to be outstanding and an event that no auto racing enthusiast would like to miss. Though these three six wheeled cars will be joined by over 300 other vehicles at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, yet it is these six wheeled cars which will garner the most attention and attract the most interest during the events.

P34 was raced by Tyrrell in 1976-77. The vehicle is designed by Derek Gardner who replaced the front wheels with four 10 inch wheels hoping to reduce height and drag. This vehicle with four fore wheels and two rear wheels will join the ranks with British F1 teams March and Williams also in six wheeled cars but converse to the Tyrrell vehicle these will have four rear wheels and two in front contributing to increased traction. Six wheeler March and Williams vehicles will offer reduced drag, enhanced grip and better ground effects.

Goodwood Festival of Speed will be held at Goodwood House from 29 June to 3 July, 2012.

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Next week’s Festival of Speed (28 June -1 July) will see a unique gathering of unusual British Formula 1 machines, as for the first time ever, anywhere in the world, three infamous cars with 18 wheels between them come together at Goodwood.

The six-wheeled Tyrrell P34, March 2-4-0 and Williams FW08B have never been gathered together before, so the chance to see all three six-wheelers line-up in the paddocks at the Festival of Speed will be an exceptional one, not to be missed by any motor racing enthusiast.

Tyrrell raced the celebrated P34 six-wheeler in 1976 and 1977, with four wheels at the front. Fellow British Formula 1 teams March and Williams also built experimental six-wheeled cars, but with four wheels at the rear for increased traction. The March 2-4-0 – of similar vintage to the Tyrrell – will be making its Goodwood debut.

Like the March 2-4-0, the 1982 Williams FW08B had four rear wheels. It was designed for reduced drag, increased grip and improved ground effects, and was based on the conventional four-wheeled FW08. It was tested once and set lap records, with its unusual set-up providing huge grip and acceleration. In 1983 new F1 regulations banned six-wheeled cars, as well as four-wheel-drive, putting an end to the development of the six-wheeled experiments such as the Williams and March.

The six-wheeled F1 cars will be joined by more than 300 other vehicles at Goodwood.