Top 10 Banned Racing Cars
10. Sneaky Pete Robinson’s Jumping Jack Dragster
9. Hendrick Motorsports’ 1997 T-Rex
In 1997, T-Rex hit the track for all-star event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The Chevrolet sported a paint scheme promoting Universal Studio’s then upcoming movie, “Jurassic Park.” In post-race inspection, T-Rex was subject to extreme scrutiny by NASCAR officials, due to the car’s incredible on-track performance and radical design, the officials asked that Hendrick Motorsports never use the car in a NASCAR-sanctioned competition again.
8. Brabham BT46B
The Brabham BT46B, also known as the fan car, had a fan at the rear of the engine bay that not only cooled the engine but also generated incredible downforce and helping the car maintain its contact with the ground so no engine power gets wasted. According to Formula One rules, any feature that generated down force had to be fixed — and a fan that spins is decidedly not fixed. The car was legal at the time because of a loophole in the rules. The fan car era ended as soon as it started.
7. WRC Toyota Celica GT-Four
The Toyota Celica GT-Four was a high performance model of the Celica Liftback, with a turbocharged 3S-GTE engine, and full-time AWD. It was created to compete in the World Rally Championship. A turbocharger, is a turbine-driven forced induction device that increases an internal combustion engine’s efficiency and power output by forcing extra air into the combustion chamber, allowing it to generate more power. The restrictor plates limited air flow into the turbocharger, which slowed power output. Toyota’s engineers figured out a way to have the restrictor plate in the turbocharger. The FIA banned the car when it discovered the ruse.
6. The Chaparral 2E
The Chaparral 2E is one of the greatest racing cars from the 1960s. The mid-engined Chaparrals, built from 1963 through 1970, are among the most iconic sports-racing cars ever built.
Most cars get banned for messing with engine power or down force. Earlier we talked about spoilers, how spoilers increase down force, which helps the car to grip the road. But, there are times when you don’t need much grip and you want more speed. Like when you’re at corner, you want grip. When you’re on straight, you want speed. The Chaparral 2E had a move able spoiler. The spoiler could be put at a steep angle at corners where more down force is needed and at straight roads spoiler is put at less steep angle for less down fore and more speed.
5. Group B Rally Cars
Group B was a set of regulations introduced in 1982 for competition vehicles in sportscar racing and rallying regulated by the FIA. The Group B regulations fostered some of the fastest, most powerful, and most sophisticated rally cars ever built and is commonly referred to as the golden era of rallying. However, a series of major accidents, some of them fatal, were blamed on their outright speed and lack of crowd control at events. The FIA, which oversees rally racing, decided that the entire Group B class was simply too dangerous and shut it down.
4. Williams FW14B
The Williams FW14 was a Formula One car designed by Adrian Newey, used by the Williams team during the 1991 and 1992 Formula One seasons. The Williams FW14B used a hydraulic system to adjust the suspension of each of the four tires. That allowed the car to hunker down for more grip in the corners and to rise up slightly for less drag and more speed on the straightaways. The FW14B was the dominant car and Mansell wrapped up the 1992 Drivers’ Championship with a then record 9 wins in a season. Then FIA, banned active suspensions on the grounds.
3. The Tyrrell 025
The Tyrrell 025 was the car the Tyrrell Formula One team used to compete in the 1997 Formula One season. It was driven by Mika Salo, who was in his third season with the team, and Jos Verstappen, who moved from Footwork.When the Tyrrell 025 was driven in races where the course required a lot of downforce due to curves and turns, two additional wings were installed on either side of the cockpit. To distinguish between the drivers, Verstappen’s were painted yellow and Salo’s dark orange. These “X-wings” would be banned during 1998 after safety concerns in the pitlane, by which point other teams had begun using them.
2. Chaparral 2J
The most unusual Chaparral was the 2J. At the rear of the 2J were housed two fans driven by a single two stroke twin cylinder engine. Two fans pulled air out from beneath the car and acting as an extra spoiler that increases down force and allows a car to corner better. The Chaparral 2J raced in the 1970 season of the Can-Am series, picked up a lot of wins, due to complaints from other teams that the car violated the rules. The car was found to be within technical specifications allowing the victory to remain.
1. Dodge Charger Daytona
Dodge, an American automobile brand, produced three separate vehicles with the name Dodge Charger Daytona, all of which were modified Dodge Chargers. The Dodge Charger Daytona had a huge wing on its rear end and a massive nose piece that made it more aerodynamic and allows a car to corner better. The Dodge Charger Daytona was the first car to break 200 mph (321 kph) in a NASCAR race and ended up winning. Because of their exceptional speed and performance, NASCAR subsequently changed the rule book, effectively banning all four of the Aero Cars from Dodge, Ford, Mercury, and Plymouth from competition by the end of 1970.
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