1984 March 84C-Cosworth Race Car

Summary

Tom Sneva was the fastest qualifier for the 1984 Indianapolis 500 in this car. It went out of the race with a broken rear suspension on lap 168 while running in second place. The car is representative of design trends that began in the 1970s and are still seen at Indianapolis today. Front and rear wings generate downforce to help the car hold the road. The radiators are mounted in pods on each side of the car. The bodywork under the pods is carefully shaped to create a lower pressure area that further sucks the car down to the track. The chassis is a monocoque that uses both aluminum and magnesium. Today's Indy cars still have wings and side pods but the monocoque chassis are now made from carbon fiber. Engine: Ford/Cosworth V-8, turbocharged, double overhead cam, 159 cu. in., 740 hp

Tom Sneva was the fastest qualifier for the 1984 Indianapolis 500 in this car. It went out of the race with a broken rear suspension on lap 168 while running in second place. The car is representative of design trends that began in the 1970s and are still seen at Indianapolis today. Front and rear wings generate downforce to help the car hold the road. The radiators are mounted in pods on each side of the car. The bodywork under the pods is carefully shaped to create a lower pressure area that further sucks the car down to the track. The chassis is a monocoque that uses both aluminum and magnesium. Today's Indy cars still have wings and side pods but the monocoque chassis are now made from carbon fiber. Engine: Ford/Cosworth V-8, turbocharged, double overhead cam, 159 cu. in., 740 hp

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.

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 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

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: 15 ft

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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