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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:1976
Numbers built:2
Designed by:Tony Southgate for Shadow
Predecessor:Shadow DN5 Cosworth
Successor:Shadow DN8 Cosworth
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:July 01, 2015
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Click here to download printer friendly versionFrom the 1975 season onwards Don Nichols' Shadow team focused entirely on Formula 1 following the demise of Can-Am at the end of 1974. Spirits were high in the Anglo-American team as it had just clinched the final Can-Am title with Jackie Oliver driving the Tony Southgate designed Shadow DN4. Despite all resources now available for the F1 campaign, the new-for-1975 Shadow DN5 was an evolution of the existing DN3.

Also designed by Southgate, the DN5 was a further refinement of the Shadow F1 racers campaigned in 1973 and 1974. It was built around an aluminium monocoque, which used the Cosworth DFV V8 as a fully stressed member. Carried over from the predecessors was the low and long nose with twin nostrils that fed the oil cooler. The water radiators were mounted on either side of the coke-bottle shaped monocoque.

Even though the DN5 was not a brand new car, it was immediately competitive with Jean-Pierre Jarier claiming pole position in the car's Argentinean Grand Prix debut. Unfortunately, a differential failure on the warm-up lap meant that the Frenchman could not even start the race. Jarier and Tom Pryce also led the British Grand Prix but crashed out. The Welshman did win the Race of the Champions, scoring Shadow's first Formula 1 victory.

Competitive runs in the remainder of the season meant that Shadow ended the year sixth in the constructors standings, which was the team's best result yet. In addition to the DN5, Shadow had also fielded the Matra V12-engined DN7 but this car was set aside after just two races. In uprated form, the DN5 served on into the 1976 season and was most competitive in the opening rounds of the year. Shadow slipped to eighth in the table. The final outings for the DN5 came early in 1977.

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  Article Image gallery (17) DN5-5B Specifications