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The Matra MS11 is a Formula One car used by the Matra team during the 1968 Formula One season, developed from the successful MS7 F2 car. It was relatively unsuccessful compared to its sibling, the Cosworth DFV powered Matra MS10 which Jackie Stewart drove to second place in the World Drivers' Championship. The major problems were with the V12 engine, which was thirsty, underpowered, unreliable and prone to overheating.[2] The car was raced almost exclusively by Jean-Pierre Beltoise with Henri Pescarolo driving a second car at the end of the season. Its best outing came at the 1968 Dutch Grand Prix where Beltoise finished second behind Stewart, and recorded the fastest lap. In 1969, Matra set aside the V12 project, concentrating on the DFV-powered MS80.

Matra MS11
Matra MS11 front-left Donington Grand Prix Collection.jpg
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorMatra
Designer(s)Gerard Ducarouge
Bernard Boyer
PredecessorMS7
SuccessorMS80
Technical specifications[1]
ChassisAluminium monocoque
EngineMatra MS9 3,000 cc (183.1 cu in) V12 NA mid-engined
TransmissionHewland DG300/FG 400 5 speed
Weight580 kg (1,278.7 lb)
FuelElf
TyresDunlop
Competition history
Notable entrantsMatra
Notable driversFrance Henri Pescarolo
France Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Debut1968 Monaco Grand Prix
RacesWinsPodiumsPolesF.Laps
100101
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0
n.b. Unless otherwise stated, all data refer to
Formula One World Championship Grands Prix only.

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrants Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Points WCC
1968 Matra RSA ESP MON BEL NED FRA GBR GER ITA CAN USA MEX 8 9th1
Henri Pescarolo Ret DNS 9
Jean-Pierre Beltoise Ret 8 2 9 Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret
Jackie Stewart PO
Source:[3]

1 In the 1968 Constructors' Championship, Matra-Ford finished 3rd (45 points), Matra(-Matra) finished 9th (8 points)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Matra MS11". StatsF1.com. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  2. ^ Brown, Allen. "Matra MS11 car-by-car histories". oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  3. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. pp. 55 and 286. ISBN 0851127029.