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Chassis

THE EDITOR’S WHAT IF SLOT – LADDER FRAMES

Preamble: When I was a lad, just beginning to muck about with car stuff, ladder frames were off the radar. The popular wisdom was that they were heavy, structurally inefficient and not good at handling torsional (twisting) loads. These days I am not so sure that all that need necessarily be so. I had occasion,…

Technical

Chassis-6

CHASSIS STIFFNESS AND TUNING – HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?

Once upon a time, when race car chassis were rudimentary things and suspensions were rock hard drivers were given a very hard time. This is what Mike Hawthorn had to say about the Riley on which he cut his racing teeth. “This was my first season and also my only one on pre-war cars with…

WHO INVENTED THE MONOCOQUE?

WHO INVENTED THE MONOCOQUE?

The last article in this series finished with the thought that twin tube ladder chassis’ logically lead to a monocoque. But that is not how it came about. Definitions vary as to what constitutes a monocoque, but the common thread is that it is a structure in which the skin and the frame are one…

Ferrari

THE EDITORS WHAT IF PAGE: THE INDIANAPOLIS FERRARI’s

On the face of it this is a story about a disappointing trip to Indianapolis in 1952. But it also serves as an F1 chassis design progression discussion. That part of the story takes us from ladders to spaceframes over the next five years. Enzo entered top formula single seater racing in 1948. The formula…

Chassis

THE EDITOR’S WHAT IF SLOT – LADDER FRAMES

Preamble: When I was a lad, just beginning to muck about with car stuff, ladder frames were off the radar. The popular wisdom was that they were heavy, structurally inefficient and not good at handling torsional (twisting) loads. These days I am not so sure that all that need necessarily be so. I had occasion,…