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Published 01 May 2012

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1976 March 2-4-0

2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed Car Of The Week

The infamous March 2-4-0 is set to make its Goodwood debut at this summer’s Festival of Speed (29 June – 1 July).  The still-born 2-4-0 could have been an exceptional Formula 1 car with huge grip afforded by its experimental six-wheeled format.  Built by March Engineering in Bicester, Oxfordshire, the 2-4-0 was constructed in late 1976 and tested in early 1977.  It never raced, however, primarily due to March Engineering lacking the finances to run the 2-4-0 at the time.

The March followed on from the success of the six-wheeled Tyrrell P34 Formula 1 car.  Unlike the Tyrrell though, with its four small front wheels to reduce drag, plus two at the rear, the engineering concept behind the March was very different.  The 2-4-0 had two regular front wheels for steering, but four at the back with four-wheel-drive for exceptional grip.

The Cosworth-powered March 2-4-0 will join a group of other Cosworth-engined Formula 1 cars at the Festival, ranging from a 1970 March 701, through to a 1974 Maki F101 and 1977 Wolf-Cosworth WR1.  The car will run as part of the timed shoot-out up the tough 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb as well.

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