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Grand Prix 1961-1965 : The 1.5 litre days in Formula One

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Grand Prix 1961-1965 : The 1.5 litre days in Formula One

Grand Prix 1961-1965 : The 1.5 litre days in Formula One

Foreword: Richard Attwood

Author: Jörg-Thomas Födisch, Rainer Rossbach and Nils Ruwisch

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From January 1st, 1961, a new set of technical regulations were applied in Formula

One. From that date, all the naturally aspirated engines had to be of a maximum

displacement of 1.5 litres in an attempt to reduce the speeds. The power of these

engines was initially about 150 bhp though, at the end of the era, this had risen to

more than 220 bhp. At first the Formula One cars of that time were underestimated,

which was being unfair to the achievements of the engineers and of the drivers

involved. To operate these cars at their limits demanded a high level of driver skill. 

Initially the British teams had opposed the new rules and thus entered the new

Formula One at a technical disadvantage. Ferrari was better equipped with new 1.5

litre engines and thus the Scuderia won both the Driver and the Constructor

Championships in 1961 and was able to repeat this success in 1964. Lotus was just

as successful with the outstanding Jim Clark, and BRM driver Graham Hill also won

the title. After the British had caught up with engines like the Climax V8, Lotus also

pointed the way into the future with the Type 25, the first monocoque Formula One


The 1.5 litre formula saw the participation of some of the best Formula One drivers of

all time with Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, John Surtees, Dan Gurney, Jim Clark and

Jackie Stewart. And despite all the prophecies of doom that the "new" Formula One

would not be exciting thanks to a lack of engine power, some thrilling sport was on

offer during this five-year period. These Grands Prix were also a real spectacle for

the spectators, because they were very close to the action.

Jörg-Thomas Födisch, Rainer Rossbach and Nils Ruwisch reveal in this book – using

many previously unpublished photographs of which most are taken from the Bernard

Cahier archive – the attraction and excitement generated by the forty-seven Grands

Prix that constituted the World Championships for Drivers under the 1.5-litre Formula

One regulations.

Publisher: Mcklein Publishing

Status: Latest Releases

Number of pages: 360

Colour images: 220

Black & white images: 325

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