1984 March 84C-Cosworth Race Car

Summary

Tom Sneva set the fastest qualifying lap at the 1984 Indianapolis 500 with this car, but a broken rear suspension forced him out early during the actual race. The car's front and rear wings and underbody ground effects represent the aerodynamic advances that increasingly shaped race cars in the 1970s -- and continue to do so today.

Tom Sneva set the fastest qualifying lap at the 1984 Indianapolis 500 with this car, but a broken rear suspension forced him out early during the actual race. The car's front and rear wings and underbody ground effects represent the aerodynamic advances that increasingly shaped race cars in the 1970s -- and continue to do so today.

Artifact

Racing car

Date Made

1984

Creators

March (Firm) 

Place of Creation

United Kingdom, England, Oxfordshire 

Creator Notes

Made in Oxfordshire, England by March Engineering.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

85.24.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Mayer Motor Racing Ltd.

Material

Aluminum
Metal
Rubber (Material)
Plexiglas (TM)

Color

White (Color)
Red
Blue

Dimensions

Height: 36 in

Width: 81 in

Length: 180 in

Wheelbase: 110 in

Weight: 1510 lbs

Inscriptions

Painted on nose: Texaco Star / 1 / Goodyear Painted on front spoiler: Havoline Motor Oil Painted on sides near cockpit: Tom Sneva Tires: Eagle / Goodyear

Specifications

Make & Model: 1984 March 84C-Cosworth oval track racing

Maker: March Engineering, Bicester, England

Engine: Cosworth V-8, double overhead cams, turbocharged, 159 cubic inches

Transmission: 5-speed manual

Height: 36 inches

Width: 81 inches

Wheelbase: 111 inches

Overall length: 180 inches

Weight: 1510 pounds

Horsepower: 740 at 11,000 revolutions per minute

Pounds per horsepower: 2

Competition History: Fastest qualifier, 1984 Indianapolis 500. Retired from the race while running second.

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