In the “best teams, worst cars”, someone mentioned the Mclaren MP4-18, a car that was built for the 2003 season, but never raced. Does anyone know about other cars that were designed, or even completed, but never saw any racing action, due to design flaws, changed regulations or any other reason? The six-wheeled Williams FW08B is the only one that comes to mind right now, any other examples? Thanks!
First thing that came to mind was a Cooper from 1963-ish: a monocoque chassis with some aeronautical materials, like aluminium honeycombs and glass fibre. I believe the car was built but never raced, simply because the team didn’t have the money for it.
More recent: around 1995, DAMS (now one of the most successful teams in GP2) tried to enter F1, but the car they had designed was pretty dreadful, so they bailed.
Might come back for some more, because there are plenty :)
I also remember one in an old Autosport called the Trebron, which was named after its designer but with his name spelled backwards (i.e. he was called Norbert), but that might have been an April Fool’s joke…
Just remembered this monstrosity: it’s a 4WD car built by Cosworth. It was supposed to be raced at the 1969 British GP, but Costin decided to withdraw their entry.
Also, I remember Aston Martin built a Formula 1 car as a successor to the DBR5 (had to google the name, I’m not an F1 database :P). I believe they didn’t want to race it because it was a rear-engined car, in contrast to their road cars which were front-engined. Anyone more info on this? Can’t seem to find it. :/
I was actually very disappointed that the FW15C CVT was never allowed to race @roald! I think it would’ve been very interesting to see how much it decimated the field by had it been allowed for even just one race (such as was the case with the fan car)!