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Michael May (racing driver)

Michael[1] May (born 18 August 1934 in Stuttgart, Germany[1]) 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.

Michael May
Born (1934-08-18) 18 August 1934 (age 85)
Stuttgart, Württemberg, Germany
Formula One World Championship career
NationalitySwitzerland Swiss
Active years1961
Teamsnon-works Lotus
Entries3 (2 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1961 Monaco Grand Prix
Last entry1961 German Grand Prix

After a crash during practice for the 1961 German Grand Prix, May concentrated on engineering, helping to develop a fuel injection system for Porsche and Ferrari.

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.[citation needed]

He also worked in designing high-compression engines, improving fuel economy among other things.[2] The most notable example was his reworked 'Fireball' head for the 'high-efficiency' high-compression Jaguar V-12 HE engine.[3][4]

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 WDC Points
1961 Scuderia Colonia Lotus 18 Climax 1.5l straight-4 MON
Ret
NED BEL FRA
11
GBR GER
DNS
ITA
DNA
USA NC 0

Non-ChampionshipEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
1961 Scuderia Colonia Lotus 18 Climax
Straight-4
LOM GLV PAU BRX VIE AIN
Ret
SYR NAP LON SIL
Ret
SOL
Ret
KAN DAN MOD FLG OUL
DNA
LEW VAL RAN NAT RSA
1962 Michael May - - CAP BRX LOM LAV GLV PAU
DNA
AIN INT NAP MAL CLP RMS SOL KAN MED DAN OUL MEX RAN NAT

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Sources disagree as to the spelling of May's first name. Forix and The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who say "Michael", whereas www.grandprix.com says "Michel" and this 8W article lists both. However, this source offers evidence that it's "Michael".

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers - Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. Retrieved 2007-07-29.
  2. ^ David Scott (November 1976), "Fireball engine boosts mpg and cuts emissions", Popular Science, Rolle, Switzerland, p. 136
  3. ^ Ludvigsen, Karl (2005). The V12 Engine. Sparkford, Yeovil: Haynes Publishing. pp. 318–319. ISBN 1-84425-004-0.
  4. ^ Ray T. Bohacz (January 2009), "Fire in the Hole", High Performance Pontiac