Twenty-five years of dynamite behind the steering wheel
Wednesday 10 July 1996
Stewart had 450bhp at his disposal in the Tyrrell 003, which had an aluminium monocoque chassis with sides that bulged to accommodate its hefty fuel load. The 024 car (above) that Mika Salo will drive this weekend is five times stronger than the 003 thanks to the slimline carbon-fibre chassis, which locates all the fuel in a single tank behind the driver. Its Yamaha V10 engine produces 675bhp and runs 6,000rpm faster than Stewart's Ford Cosworth V8.
The 003's round snub nose has given way to a high snout with an underslung wing, while the side pods (which house the radiators), the rear wing and the special rear-end diffuser help the 024 to generate at least 500 per cent more aerodynamic downforce than the 003 and three times its cornering force.
Statistics behind the speed
Tyrrell 003 (1971) Tyrrell 024 (1996)
Engine capacity 3,000cc 3,000cc
Revs 10,000rpm 16,000rpm
Power 450bhp 675bhp
Top speed 190mph 200mph
Gearbox 5-speed 6-speed
Weight 566kg 550kg
Chassis sheet aluminium carbon fibre
Fuel capacity 186 litres 115 litres
Brakes Steel discs Carbon fibre discs
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