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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:1972 - 1973
Numbers built:3
Designed by:Derek Gardner for Tyrrell
Successor:Tyrrell 007 Cosworth
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:September 11, 2014
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Click here to download printer friendly versionHalfway through the 1972 season, Tyrrell introduced a new, more angular and compact F1 design. Two were built; 005, ready for team leader and defending World Champion Jackie Stewart in July, and 006 used by Francois Cevert from the Canadian Grand Prix at the end of September. Like the previous Tyrrells, the new 005 / 006 was designed by Derek Gardner, who combined some elements from the existing cars with cues from the hugely influential and competitive Lotus 72.

A most obvious change compared to the earlier cars, was the angular design of the monocoque chassis. Like the Lotus 72, the new Tyrrell featured side-pods on either side of the chassis but these only housed the oil coolers, whereas the water radiators were still mounted in the nose. Another page out of the Lotus design book were the in-board mounted brakes front and rear, which appeared on the 005 at its debut but were not always used. As before, the new Tyrrell team relied on the readily available and very potent Cosworth DFV engine, mated to a Hewland gearbox.

The all-new Tyrrell 005 was ready for the home Grand Prix at Brands Hatch. It proved instantly competitive but after the second training a mechanical failure prompted Stewart to revert back to an earlier car. In qualifying, he was half a second up on the time he set with the 005 before it broke. There were more issues for the car at the next outing in Austria and it would not be until the final rounds of the year that the bugs were finally ironed out, allowing Stewart to win in Canada and the United States, where Cevert placed second in the new 006. Tyrrell and Stewart ended the year second in their respective standings.

Tyrrell started the 1973 season with Cevert and Stewart alternating the 005 and 006. Stewart placed second and third in 005 before winning the South African Grand Prix in 006. While Cevert campaigned the original 006 for the remainder of the year, Stewart switched to the facsimile 006/2 from April. He used it to win the Belgian, Monaco, Dutch and German Grands Prix. A fourth place finish at the Italian Grand Prix early in September gave the Scotsman a big enough lead to clinch his third World Championship. It would also be his last as Stewart announced he would retire at the end of the year.

Unfortunately, the year had a very sad finale for the entire Tyrrell team as Francois Cevert fatally crashed his new 006/3 in practice for the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. Distraught by the loss of his close friend, Stewart understandably opted to sit out what would be the final Grand Prix of his career. At the start of the 1974 season, two of the 1973 cars were pressed back into service while the devastated Team Tyrrell re-grouped.

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