Ferrari 156 – beauty and power
Innovative, imaginative and simply beautiful – in short, a classic Ferrari design. In keeping with its aggressive appearance – it was dubbed the "shark nose" because of the glowering double "nostrils" of the front air intakes – this was a fuel-guzzling mean machine in terms of performance. Harnessing Ferrari’s state-of-the-art V6 engine, which dominated the field after a change in regulation from 2.5-litre to 1.5-litre units, Phil Hill became the first American driver to win the F1® championship in 1961.
Brabham BT46b – the fan car
The Brabham BT46b – or "fan car", as it was widely known – was one of the most innovative vehicles in F1® history. Brabham, a company with a history of backing a wide range of new hi-tech manufacturing ideas, countered the dominant "ground-effect" cars of the era by incorporating a large fan on the back of the chassis. It helped cool the engine, which was legal, but also sucked air from beneath the floor and created huge downforce, which was not. The car may have looked mad, but it won a place in the record books for one amazing statistic: it retired undefeated. Niki Lauda won its one and only Grand Prix race at Anderstorp, Sweden, in 1978. Then it was banned...