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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1984
Numbers built:3
Internal name:T616
Designed by:Eric Broadley
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:April 13, 2015
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 It looks like a car!  
David Thompson
This looks like a real street car, with room for a driver and a passenger. Well, to my ancient eyes.
When did sports-racing cars begin to look like F1 cars with cockpits and cycle fenders? Well, not counting the Lotus 7.
 polimotor T616  
Another T616 raced in the IMSA series, interesting because it was sponsored by Amoco (oil company) Plastics, and entered by a company called Polimotor Research of Fairlawn, New Jersey. That company had gotten a grant from Ford to research the possibility of building engines from plastics. Polimotor built an engine that roughly followed Ford's Pinto engine, 2L displacement, basically with the structural meat of the castings replaced with plastics, carrying metal cylinder liners, combustion chambers, and moving parts. It was a DOHC 16V, reportedly producing around 300bhp, but I don't think it ever finished a race. The plastic was supposed to be lighter and potentially easier to produce, but none of those advantages were ever realised. Amoco's plastic was a thermosetting polymer. Polimotor talked about an Indy V8, but that never happened. Don't know what happened to their T616 after that season.

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