The Rob Walker Racing Team, founded in 1953, was the best private team to have ever raced in the Formula 1 championship, winning 9 victories and numerous podiums until 1970.

In the 1961 season the team entered the British driver Stirling Moss in the world championship and entrusted him with a Lotus 18 for the first part of the championship.

At the same time the British team had asked Ferguson Research to build a new car and for this the P99 was born.

Designed by Claude Hill, the car was based on a tubular steel chassis and was equipped with a Coventry Climax FPF 1.5 four-cylinder engine managed by a five-speed manual gearbox.

The P99 owes its fame, however, to the fact that it was the first all-wheel drive Formula 1, a technical solution strongly desired by the engineers Fred Dixon and Tony Rolt who envisioned a huge success.

The first race he took part was the British Empire Trophy, a race not valid for the world championship which ended on the second lap when driver Jack Fairman left the track.

The only official race in which the P99 ran was the British GP, but was disqualified on lap 56 as she was helped to restart by the mechanics after a pit stop.

The last race in which he participated before being withdrawn was the International Gold Cup, and was brought to the triumph by Stirling Moss thanks to the all-wheel drive that proved decisive for driving on the wet track.

VERDICT

Despite his short career, the P99 entered history as the first all-wheel drive Formula 1 and the last front-engined F1 to win a race.

Thank you to Valentina Zanola and Alessandro Rensis for the cooperation

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