The legendary D-Type succeeded the C-Type in 1954, many aficionados consider the D-Type to be the classic post-war sports racing car. Incorporating much that had been learnt from the iconic C-Types, the D-Type embraced aircraft technology in its construction and aerodynamics. The D-Type used monocoque technology. Attached to the front of the monocoque tub was a tubular sub-frame, which carried engine and front suspension. The tub was constructed of magnesium alloy and consisted of a double-skinned front and rear bulkhead with large tube like sills. The one piece bonnet hinged forward like the C-Type and the rear bodywork was removable. To reduce frontal area the engine was mounted at an angle of eight degrees and for the first time dry sumped. The D-Type used an all new gearbox and even more efficient disc brakes were adopted, new Dunlop light alloy wheels replaced the C-Types wire wheels. Aircraft style flexible fuel tanks were positioned in the tail and were accessed through the distinctive streamlined headrest, which later gained a fin for high speed stability.
Three of these beautiful D-Types lined up for the 1954 Le Mans race and “should” have won. The race was extremely frust
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