EN­CLOSED COCK­PITS IN THE PAST

Car (South Africa) - - SPEED -

SHEL­TERED COCK­PITS ARE NOT NEW, EVEN IF THEY WERE PRE­VI­OUSLY TRIED FOR AERO­DY­NAMIC RATHER THAN SAFETY REA­SONS

VANWALL, 1958

Dur­ing prac­tice for the 1958 Ital­ian Grand Prix at Monza, Stir­ling Moss tried an en­closed cock­pit. Vanwall made an ex­tra skin that was bolted onto the tail and car­ried the fair­ing above the driver’s head, a­aching it to the top of the ex­ist­ing screen, but leav­ing a three-inch (76 mm) gap for the driver to peer through.

BRAB­HAM, 1967

Monza was also the scene of sim­i­lar trial dur­ing prac­tice in 1967 when Jack Brab­ham and de­signer Ron Tau­ranac fi­ed a fully en­closed cock­pit with an even smaller frontal slot to the Brab­ham BT24. The reign­ing cham­pion dis­cov­ered the gain in straight­line speed was oŽset by time lost in the cor­ners, par­tic­u­larly un­der the trees where dap­pled light on the Per­spex caused dis­torted per­spec­tives.

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