F1’s downForce wars
Others get ingenious. Brabham’s BT46B revisits
suction fans and wins on its debut.
Politically-savvy owner Bernie Ecclestone voluntarily bans it.
Meanwhile, Andretti strolls to the ’78 F1 title in
the Lotus 79. But the ground effect genie is out of
the bottle. Chapman knows other teams will catch up.
Scene 01A Start tight; pull out
Scene 07 Fast pan
Scene 01B Action through frame
A long time ago in a championship far, far
away... Vic Elford is demonstrating the power
of downforce - lots of it - in the 1970 Can-Am.
His Chaparral 2J, the brainchild of innovator
Jim Hall, uses fans to suck air from under the
car, pushing it on to the track. It gets banned.
Scene 03B Stay close-up
Scene 04 Onboard rig shot
Scene 08 Zoom in from wide