Michael May (racing driver)

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Michael May
Born (1934-08-18) 18 August 1934 (age 82)
Stuttgart, Württemberg, Germany
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Switzerland Swiss
Active years 1961
Teams non-works Lotus
Entries 3 (2 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1961 Monaco Grand Prix
Last entry 1961 German Grand Prix

Michael[1] May (born 18 August 1934 in Stuttgart, Germany[1]) is a former racing driver from Switzerland. He participated in three Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 14 May 1961. He scored no championship points.

After a crash during practice for the 1961 German Grand Prix, May concentrated on engineering, helping to develop a fuel injection system for Porsche and Ferrari.

May is generally credited with introducing the first manipulated elevated wing onto a racing car - a Porsche 550 - to produce downforce (or down thrust) for enhanced braking and cornering speeds to reduce lap times.[citation needed]

He also worked in designing high-compression engines, improving fuel economy among other things.[2] The most notable example was his reworked 'Fireball' head for the 'high-efficiency' high-compression Jaguar V-12 HE engine.[3][4]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 WDC Points
1961 Scuderia Colonia Lotus 18 Climax 1.5l straight-4 MON
Ret
NED BEL FRA
11
GBR GER
DNS
ITA
DNA
USA NC 0

Non-Championship[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
1961 Scuderia Colonia Lotus 18 Climax
Straight-4
LOM GLV PAU BRX VIE AIN
Ret
SYR NAP LON SIL
Ret
SOL
Ret
KAN DAN MOD FLG OUL
DNA
LEW VAL RAN NAT RSA
1962 Michael May - - CAP BRX LOM LAV GLV PAU
DNA
AIN INT NAP MAL CLP RMS SOL KAN MED DAN OUL MEX RAN NAT

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sources disagree as to the spelling of May's first name. Forix and The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who say "Michael", whereas www.grandprix.com says "Michel" and this 8W article lists both. However, this source offers evidence that it's "Michael".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers - Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  2. ^ David Scott (November 1976), "Fireball engine boosts mpg and cuts emissions", Popular Science, Rolle, Switzerland, p. 136 
  3. ^ Ludvigsen, Karl (2005). The V12 Engine. Sparkford, Yeovil: Haynes Publishing. pp. 318–319. ISBN 1-84425-004-0. 
  4. ^ Ray T. Bohacz (January 2009), "Fire in the Hole", High Performance Pontiac