The Tyrrell 007 was a car model, manufactured by the Tyrrell Racing Organisation manufactured in 1974 and 1975, with some of the cars being used as recently as 1977. This was the 'Mark III' model, and reflected a shift in the design thinking of the team. All of the previous cars had been compact, nimble and sometimes difficult to control, a trait that was suspected of contributing to the death of François Cevert at the end of 1973. 007 was longer and wider, with a focus on clean airflow.
The team had two brand new drivers in 1974, Jody Scheckter and Patrick Depailler. Neither driver had driven in F1 for a full season, so they went for a design that was longer and more stable. 007 had a wheelbase that was more than 160mm longer than the 005-006 series. The model also featured a lower monocoque, sharp nose, front wings and flush side radiators, all similar to a McLaren M23.
Typically for a Derek Gardner design, the car did have some innovative features. The front wings ended in vanes designed to deflect the airflow past the front wheels. It had a rising-rate front suspension, which unfortunately worked against them when radial tires were introduced in 1975. The front brakes were mounted inboard, reflecting attempts to reduce unsprung weight. And the high engine air box was only about 10cm wide, for better airflow to the rear wing, as opposed to the huge wide air scoops used in the 005-006 cars.
1974, the introductory season of the car, was the last time that a Tyrrell car was in serious contention for a World Championship. Scheckter managed two victories while finishing a close third in the championship with 45 points, and Depailler recorded a second place and a total of 10 points.
Formula One ResultsEdit
Number of WinsEdit
|1||1974 Swedish Grand Prix||Jody Scheckter|
|2||1974 British Grand Prix||Jody Scheckter|
|3||1975 South African Grand Prix||Jody Scheckter|
World Championship ResultsEdit
|Elf Team Tyrrell||Jody Scheckter||3||5th||3rd||2nd||1st||5th||4th||1st||2nd||Ret||3rd||Ret||Ret|
|Elf Team Tyrrell||Jody Scheckter||3||11th||Ret||1st||Ret||7th||2nd||7th||16th||9th||3rd||Ret||8th||8th||6th|
|Lexington Racing||Ian Scheckter||32||Ret|
|Elf Team Tyrrell||Jody Scheckter||3||5th||4th||Ret||Ret|
|Lexington Racing||Ian Scheckter||15||Ret|
|Scuderia Gulf Rondini||Alessandro Pesenti-Rossi||40||14th||DNQ|
|ÖASC Racing Team||Otto Stuppacher||39||DNS||DNQ||DNQ|
|Heros Racing Corp.||Kazuyoshi Hoshino||52||Ret|
|Meiritsu Racing Team||Kunimitsu Takahashi||50||9th|
|Elf Team Tyrrell||Jody Scheckter||Ret|
|Elf Team Tyrrell||Jody Scheckter||3rd||Ret|