According to many reports, there will be a collective gag when 2009 cars are presented starting ten days from now. I thought it would be useful to revisit some designs failures of the past, just to put things into prospective.
The 70's was fertile ground for ugliness. There were few regulations dictating how airflow should be handled and possibly, even less of a clue. Designers, for better or for worse, let their imagination run free.
Some cars are just plain inexplicable, the Eiffelland will likely never be surpassed in that category. Some have a semblance of a good idea but the execution looks hilarious in hindsight, the mesozoically engineered extractor on the back of the 1975 March 751 comes to mind. The 1976 Liger obviously had a Napoleonic complex while some of the cars are just a plain mess. The 1975 Maki looks like it was made out of other teams ill fitting spare parts.
The ground effect era brought with it some of it's own hilarity, the 1978 Kausen looks all wrong and who can explain the 1979 Ensign N179? Designed after watching Battlestar Galactica on mushrooms?
Did I miss any F1 monstrosities? Let me know and we'll add it to this gallery.