Originally Posted by wxwax
Jeez, I've never seen that car before. What an oddball!
I wasn't around to see any racing from that era but I loved the engineering on that car when I first found out about it at a pretty young age. Having ducted fans suck the car to the race track was only a tiny part of the engineering marvel that thing was.
"It was integrated with the suspension system so the bottom of the skirt would maintain a distance of one inch from the ground regardless of G forces or anomalies in the road surface, thereby providing a zone within which the JLO fans could create a partial vacuum which would provide a downforce on the order of 1.25-1.50 G of the car fully loaded (fuel, oil, coolant). This downforce, materially greater than the weight of the car, had one journalist remark—literally quite accurate—that the 2J, which weighed less than ton, with its JLO motors running and generating their downforce of 1+ G could have been unveiled to the public on the ceiling.