Welcome to another week of the TJ13 Bar Exam. Thank you to all who entered last week.
Last week’s question(s): Can you name the car in the picture and in which year it was raced and by whom? Can you state the significance of the chassis and how it played a part in the future of the team? Also, the engine posed a major challenge to the engineers, was was it?
The answer(s) I was looking for was: The car in the picture is the Honda RA302E that was produced by Honda Racing F1 Team in 1968. The car was raced by Jo Schlesser at the French GP on the 7th July 1968 after regular race driver John Surtees refused to race the car on the grounds of the magnesium monocoque being too flammable and dangerous.
This proved to be the case as Schlesser had an accident and died in the resulting fire, the fourth fatality that season after Jim Clark, Mike Spence and Lodovico Scarfiotti also lost their lives.
The engine was an air-cooled 120° V8 however presented a major problem for the engineers to try and cool the engine as evenly as possible. Different temperatures within the engine caused different expansion of the metals and required the internals to be manufactured with different tolerances.
Well done to Tony, Mike, Cassius and Peter.
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