Michael May (racing driver)
|Born||18 August 1934|
Stuttgart, Württemberg, Germany
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Entries||3 (2 starts)|
|First entry||1961 Monaco Grand Prix|
|Last entry||1961 German Grand Prix|
Michael May (born 18 August 1934 in Stuttgart, Germany) is a former racing driver and engineer from Switzerland. He participated in three Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 14 May 1961. He scored no championship points.
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.
He also worked in designing high-compression engines, improving fuel economy among other things. The most notable example was his reworked 'Fireball' head for the 'high-efficiency' high-compression Jaguar V-12 HE engine.
Complete Formula One World Championship results
|1961||Scuderia Colonia||Lotus 18||Climax 1.5l straight-4||MON
|1961||Scuderia Colonia||Lotus 18||Climax
- ^ 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".
- Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers - Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. Retrieved 2007-07-29. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Classic Driver (21 July 2020), Michael May’s Porsche 550 Spyder is a winged wonder
- David Scott (November 1976), "Fireball engine boosts mpg and cuts emissions", Popular Science, Rolle, Switzerland, p. 136
- Ludvigsen, Karl (2005). The V12 Engine. Sparkford, Yeovil: Haynes Publishing. pp. 318–319. ISBN 1-84425-004-0. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Ray T. Bohacz (January 2009), "Fire in the Hole", High Performance Pontiac