While growing up as young and impressionable gear heads, many of us now prefer race cars from the time period when we were first exposed to them as children or young adults. Ian Gray at Stuart Taylor Motorsport in the U.K. has a specific era in racing history that motivated him to build race cars of his own, and that’s the time between 1967 and 1968 when Indy and Formula 1 cars had moved from front to mid engine placement and before the introduction of slicks or the “cluttered” look of wings attached for down force. Their car, which is called the “F1-67”, is a modern day interpretation of the 1967 Honda RA273 Formula 1 car, but it is built to be economical to run. Come follow it’s build with us on the next page for a closer look…
The F1-67 is built to mimic that iconic car’s look and driving experience but as a much more cost effective and safety minded alternative to buying a vintage top tier race car of the day and tracking it.
To keep the costs down for prospective buyers, they use a space frame instead of a most costly monococque chassis and use a fiberglass skin rather than aluminum, although it is still an option to have the metal.
At a 15% larger overall size than the original classic race car that it emulates, the F1-67 can accommodate drivers up to 6″3′ tall, whereas if you were seriously thinking about purchasing a vintage Indy or F1 car you had better be closer to the 5″4′ size that the drivers were back then.
For dead reliable power instead of a finicky high stressed complex race engine, a 5.3 liter Chevy LS V8 work horse is used which puts out 320 horsepower and can be rowed through a Porsche 930 4 speed or optional 5 speed manual gearbox.
Weighing in at just over 1,400 pounds, we anticipate that this horsepower to weight formula produces an epic driving experience without doubt and imagine many stress free miles behind the wheel while having the reassurance of a reliable car with modern safety. After all, the originals were flying bombs with gas tanks on either side of the driver while this car uses a 6 gallon gas tank behind the seat instead.
At $72,500 as of 2 years ago when Hemmings wrote the blurb on them that we attached below, we wonder how many have been produced since then because that seems to be the bargain of the century, especially after seeing how they are built and the following in-car video below:
Find it here at:
Stuart Taylor Ltd
50 Berryhedge Lane
Burton On Trent