Michael May (racing driver)
Michael May (born 18 August 1934 in Stuttgart, Germany) is a former racing driver from Switzerland. He participated in three Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 14 May 1961. He scored no championship points.
|Born||18 August 1934|
Stuttgart, Württemberg, Germany
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Entries||3 (2 starts)|
|First entry||1961 Monaco Grand Prix|
|Last entry||1961 German Grand Prix|
May is generally credited with introducing the first manipulated elevated wing onto a racing car - a Porsche 550 - to produce downforce (or down thrust) for enhanced braking and cornering speeds to reduce lap times.
He also worked in designing high-compression engines, improving fuel economy among other things. The most notable example was his reworked 'Fireball' head for the 'high-efficiency' high-compression Jaguar V-12 HE engine.
Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit
|1961||Scuderia Colonia||Lotus 18||Climax 1.5l straight-4||MON
|1961||Scuderia Colonia||Lotus 18||Climax
- Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers - Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. Retrieved 2007-07-29.
- David Scott (November 1976), "Fireball engine boosts mpg and cuts emissions", Popular Science, Rolle, Switzerland, p. 136
- Ludvigsen, Karl (2005). The V12 Engine. Sparkford, Yeovil: Haynes Publishing. pp. 318–319. ISBN 1-84425-004-0.
- Ray T. Bohacz (January 2009), "Fire in the Hole", High Performance Pontiac
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