Open Wheel racing - nimble and fast as lightning!
I like the Indy's only slightly better than the Formulas - I especially like the vintage cars - and I'll throw in some CanAm's, GT's, Rally's and others in for…
The Blitzen Benz was a record car designed by Julius Ganss, under supervision of Hans Nibel, then technical director of Benz & Cie in Mannheim. The four-cylinder engine was based on the power plant of the Benz Grand Prix racers, but its cubic capacity was enlarged to no less than 21.5 liters and it developed 200 hp at 1500 rpm.
Montague Stanley Napier was responsible for the design of the 60 hp Napier record machine, in which Arthur MacDonald reached 168.38 km/h. (104.65 mph) at the Ormond Beach Auto Races during the last week of January, 1905. To limit the frontal area and reduce drag, Montague Napier developed a clever and elegant cooling system.
Jamais Contente (Never Satisfied) shown here after Jenatzy’s 1899 record run, had a length of 3,80 m. (12.5 ft), a width of 1,56 m. (5 ft 1 in) and weighted 1450 kg. It was powered by two direct drive Postel-Vinay 25 kW motors, running at 200 V, drawing 124 Amperes each for about 68 hp, and was equipped with Michelin tires.
Jenatzys electric powered Jamais Contente was very advanced and streamlined. But the heavy Fulmen batteries were housed in a large square box under the chassis, the car measured 1,40 m. above street level. However, Camile Jenztzy’s large torso and head towering over the streamlined body and the rather unsophisticated undercarriage (chassis) must have spoiled its low drag.