Top Facts About Tyrrell Six-Wheeler
5. It featured ‘portholes’
Today’s drivers take it for granted that they can see their front tyres – where they are positioned on the race track; whether they’re locked; how much wear they have. But for drivers of the P34, catching a glimpse of the tyres over the side of the cockpit wasn’t an option. The solution? Portholes.
Normally more associated with maritime vessels, these windows on either side of the cockpit allowed the drivers to see their front rubber and in theory aim their cars more accurately through corners, though in practice they often became so caked in dirt they were unusable.
However, the porthole did come in handy at Anderstorp in 1976 when one of the front-left tyres suddenly parted company with Scheckter’s car in practice. Initially suspecting he had a puncture, the South African was alarmed to look through the window and see a stationary brake disc and no wheel…