|Chassis||carbon fiber monocoque|
|Engine||Ford-XD 2,650 cc (161.7 cu in) V8 Turbo|
|Weight||1,500 lb (680.4 kg)|
|Notable entrants||Newman-Haas Racing|
|Notable drivers|| Michael Andretti |
|Debut||1997 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami|
|First win||1997 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami|
|Last win||1997 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami|
|Last event||1997 Marlboro 500|
Swift Engineering co-founder David Bruns designed the 007.i (i indicating IndyCar, the rival series to CART). The first foundations of designing a Champ Car were laid in 1993 when Swift Engineering built a $5 million windtunnel. Designing the car started in 1994 and the first car was completed in early 1997. The car was advertised as costing $ 450.000.
Newman-Haas Racing driver Michael Andretti conducted the first tests at Phoenix International Raceway. After the PIR test testing continued at Firebird International Raceway with Andretti and Christian Fittipaldi. In 1997 the Swift 007.i was the only CART chassis constructed in the United States. The Reynard, Lola and Penske chassis were all constructed in England. Newman-Haas Racing fitted the chassis with Ford-Cosworth engines.
Michael Andretti had a spectacular debut during the 1997 Grand Prix of Miami. Andretti won the race and set the fastest lap. It turned out to be the only win for the Swift chassis. Another four podium finishes were scored by Andretti. However, a number of retirements prevented him to be a championship contender. Andretti finished eighth in the championship standings. Teammate Christian Fittipaldi missed six races, his best finish were two fourth places. Roberto Moreno replaced Fittipaldi during six events score a best result of fifth.
BOSS SuperCup SeriesEdit
Complete CART resultsEdit
(key) (Results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)
|1997||Newman/Haas Racing||Ford XD V8t||G||MIA||SRF||LBH||NAZ||RIO||GAT||MIL||DET||POR||CLE||TOR||MIC||MDO||ROA||VAN||LAG||CAL|
- "The low-altitude flight test". Orange Coast Magazine. April 1997: 86-89.
- "CHAMPCAR/CART: Fittipaldi tests new Swift-Ford". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
- "Swift Success". Popular Science. July 1997: 81-82.
- "2004 BOSS SuperCup Series" (PDF). Historic Sportscar Racing. Archived from the original on September 27, 2005. Retrieved 17 April 2016.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)