Remember this thing? A chap called Gordon Murray designed this little-known supercar way back in the early 1990s. It was quite expensive and struggled to make a profit and only 64 road cars were ever sold, in fact, so you might not have heard of the, ah yes, erm ‘Mack-Lauren Formula One’.
The F1’s twin fans were much more subtle than the T50’s being buried in the car’s midriff. Same principle though: enhanced downforce without the need for a big bookcase wing, causing wasteful drag. McLaren’s original press release explained it thusly.
“A complex three-part rear diffuser beneath the F1’s tail incorporates a central single surface and two reflex shapes each side generate sufficient downforce to overcome the car’s natural aerodynamic lift.
Simultaneously, two powerful electric fans remove boundary layer air from the rolled S-wave of ‘reflex’ diffuser sections, helping to control movement of the Centre of Pressure – the truly significant aerodynamic factor affecting vehicle stability and handling.”
Funny how it never caught on, until now…