40. Shadow DN5 1975

S3836 Shadow DN5 No.16 6th Dutch GP 1975 – Tom Pryce

Black is beautiful! Racing cars shouldn’t be judged according to their appearance. But in the case of the Shadow DN5 of 1975 an exception can be made. The black racer with its high air scoop was not only looking fast, but also was fast. Shadow, that was entering the Formula 1 in 1973, had retired the CanAm-series end of 1974 and was fully concentrating on the top motor sports class in 1975. The ingredients for it: Sponsor Universal Oil Products (UOP) provided the budget. Tony Southgate was responsible for the car. And the drivers Jean-Pierre Jarier and Tom Pryce were a strong team that complement each other perfectly. Southgate was named one of the best aerodynamicist in the seventies. The main part of his studies he completed at the Imperial College. There was already existing a wind tunnel with a rolling road since 1975. The results were used for the construction of the Shadow DN5. The 76-year-old Brit moved the seat forward, extended the wheelbase, lowered the nose and mounted the dampers to the inside. The result: Without any big effort the DN5 was one second faster than the predecessor model. Unfortunately the black racer was vulnerable. Especially in Jarier’s hands. The French, who is known for his aggressive and less material friendly style of driving, was retiring in 9 of 12 races. A fourth place in Spain was his best result. Different for Pryce. The new star on the British Formula 1-sky had to wait for two races before he could drive the new car (the first two races he was using the old car DN3), but then he was obtaining five times some championship points. His best result was a third place at the Austrian GP in Zeltweg. There Pryce was on the podium together with surprise winner Vittorio Brambilla and James Hunt. Once, at the Race of Champions in Brands Hatch, Pryce was beating all his competitors and ensured the first “Formula 1 victory” for Shadow. Southgate was telling later in an interview that they could have won more GP, what is not surprising for a car that was on the pole position at the first GP in Argentina and that started from the first position in Brazil and Great Britain as well. “But each time when Jarier was leading the race you just had to wait that something on the car will break”, mentioned Southgate. Also from the standard Cosworth engine, Shadow was getting out a bit more horsepower. The Anglo-American team gave the engines for the maintenance to John Judd, who was constructing his own Formula 1 engines later on.

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