The groundbreaking four-wheel drive F1 car

The groundbreaking four-wheel drive F1 car

Years before Formula 1 teams entered into serious experiments with four-wheel drive, one car had already brought the technology to the category - the Ferguson P99. It piqued Stirling Moss's interest and took an unlikely victory, writes DAMIEN SMITH

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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