The secret Tyrrell that started an F1 dynasty
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The secret Tyrrell that started an F1 dynasty

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Fifty years ago, Formula 1's top team was struggling to find a suitable car that would allow it to keep hold of its number one asset - reigning world champion Jackie Stewart. The solution to its problem was radical, but laid the foundations that established Tyrrell as a dominant force

Ken Tyrrell was on the horns of a dilemma in 1970. Long-standing partner Matra - on behalf of new parent company Chrysler - was demanding that he use its sonorous but gutless V12, whereas he wanted to stick with Ford and its gutsy Cosworth DFV.

He had approached Brabham, Lotus and McLaren - and even BRM - about running a semi-works car and been politely declined due to clashing oil/tyre deals, among other considerations. Thus the reigning Formula 1 world champions were in danger of going without. External forces were dictating what they could and could not do.

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