1976 – 1977 six wheel March 2-4-0

After the 1976 Formula 1 season,  when the Tyrrell team showed, that their six wheel concept car P34 works, the March team also thought about a unconvetional car concept. Robin Herd putted four 16inch front wheels to the rear, to minimze the aerodynamic drag by increasing contact patch. Because lack of money, they used as many parts from existing cars as possible. Surely, March had to develop a complete new gearbox-differential unit for the four driven rear wheels. The monocoque and DFV engine of the car was from the March 761 (chassis number 06).

The most critical thing of that new car was obviously the gearbox. The first desing of Herd was much too complex and also too expensive for the financial weakly March team. They removed a few cross beams for easier manufacturing. That was the main reason, why the gearbox structure was not enough stiff for the increased loads of a four wheel drive. At the end, it was a normal Hewland FG gearbox with an aditional differential.

The first test drive, Silverstone end of 1976, the gearbox housing seemed to be too flexible. Already at the first round, the housing got twisted by the high loads and the gears didn’t interdigitate into each other. The team couldn’t solve the problem so they removed the second rear axle drive. Because it was a rainy day, Howden Ganley, March test driver, couldn’t drive fast anyway and the media value the test succesfull.

In February, they test the car again with an improved gearbox. Driver Ian Scheckter, Brother of 1979 Formula 1 World Champion Jody Scheckter, was impressed of the great traction. However, because of mony problems, March stopped the project.

So, the only thing we could say about that oddity is, that the March team got a second time, after Lella Lombardi as the only women in Formula 1 scored championship points, big medial attention.

Fife years later, Williams also tested a six wheel Formula 1 car with big success. But before they could introduce the car in race, the FISA (today FIA) ban four wheel drive.

In 1976, Tyrrell also launched a six wheel car, the famous P34.

The gearbox was the weak point of the car.

The 2-4-0 without covers.

In 1976 it was common to drive without an engine cover.

The 2-4-0 in the workshop.

I built that car from January to March 2010.

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About paulsf1

My name is Paul Bischof. I’m a student in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Graz in Austria, expected finishing in February 2016. Since I was eight years old, I am building model planes out of paperboard. Since 2004 I scratch (that means building without an assembling set) Formula 1 and sportscars in 1:10th scale. The average time I need for such a car is around 400 to 700 hours within 4 to 8 months. One car has around 3500 up to 5000 single components. On this blog, you can take a look on my work and later, after my studies, hopefully you can see me in Formula 1.

7 responses to “1976 – 1977 six wheel March 2-4-0”

  1. Ronei says :

    Congratulations Paul.
    Nice models, you’re an artist.

    Ronei Pacheco
    São Paulo – Brazil

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  2. Anonymous says :

    wow,beautiful,go on like this…

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  3. SuperSwede says :

    Reblogged this on F1 SuperSwede and commented:
    A very cool model of the six wheel March 2-4-0 scarp built out of paperboard by PaulsF1 from Austria.

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  4. Anonymous says :

    Paul you are the fucking king! this is art! Nice job, may be you can try with an American Hot Rod?

    Kind Regards From Barcelona

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