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The groundbreaking 4WD Formula 1 car

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The groundbreaking 4WD Formula 1 car
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Oct 7, 2018, 4:40 AM

Years before Formula 1 teams entered into serious experiments with 4WD, one car had already brought the technology to the category - the Ferguson P99. It piqued Stirling Moss’s interest and took an unlikely victory.

Stirling Moss was curious. Up against the sleek 'Sharknose' Ferrari 156 in this, the first year of the new 1.5-litre F1, England's hero needed a new edge - that unfair advantage desired by all racers.

Rob Walker's Lotus 18 had been enough to overpower the reds at Monaco, but over a season he was up against it. This front-engined Ferguson looked obsolete in the era of the mid-engined revolution. But with four-wheel drive, and on any wet track, just maybe...

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Series Formula 1
Author Damien Smith