Unraced projects of the 1966 season

Projects 1946 - 1969

Since the early days of Grand Prix racing many attempts were made to enter the Formula One and pre-war Grand Prix era. The period 1885 – 2021 contains over 650 Unraced projects. Every now and then new projects appear on the surface. To share with you all the stories i decided to summarize the stories per year. Don’t you worry, all the stories will be researched and eventually published. This is the summarized overview of the 1966 season.

Willys-Gávea monoposto
So far this is the only unraced project that I was able to uncover of 1966. Willys-Overland do Brazil announced in early 1966 the Willys-Gávea monoposto. The car was claimed to be suitable for the Formula 3, Formula 2 and the Formula One. What made it most interesting is the fact that the car could be suited with different engines. For the Formula 3 the car was fitted with a Renault engine.

The car appeared in the Temporada de Formula 3 series with Wilson Fittipaldi as their driver. While the plans were big, the results in the Formula 3 were far from motivating to keep on developing. The best result, as far as I could uncover, was a 9th place at the second race of the season in Parque Independencia in Argentina. This is probably the reason why the Formula 2 and Fomula 1 development never took place.