The Chevron B16 designed by Derek Bennett to replace the supremely successful but aging B8 for the 1970 2 litre Gp6 season. A simple but effective space frame with steel & duralium sheeting added to form a monocoque central section and hung with front wishbones and rear top-links & reversed A-arms, once the beautiful Specialised Mouldings body had been fitted the car stood just 36 inches high. The B8’s 2 litre BMW engine also needed replacing and a long stroke version of Cosworth’s FVA, the 1.8 litre FVC, producing 40bhp more than the BMW and 20bhp more than the 1.6 litre FVA, was the engine of choice. The B16’s first test was at Aintree where Bennett, using one of the old BMW engines, turned in times below the outright lap record. Brian Redman was available for the car’s first race, the Nurburgring 500Kms in September 1969, but the new Cosworth FVC was’nt ready and a 1.6 litre FVA engine was fitted. The 2 litre Abarths had finished 1, 2, 3 in the previous year’s race and had been fastest in testing but after some adjustments Redman put the B16 on pole, 5.6 seconds quicker than the previous mark and 7 seconds quicker than the fastest 2 litre Abarth. In the race Redman and the B16 led from start to finish winning by over 2 minutes, again a new Chevron model had won “straight out of the box”.
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