Have you ever met someone who doesn’t fit any of the definitions of a classic beauty and yet is still powerfully attractive?
The Arrows A2 could well be the Uma Thurman of the F1 world.
The 1970s were an aesthetic wasteland from an F1 perspective, but the A2—and a perhaps a handful of Lotuses (Lotii?)—stood apart as victors for beauty in the ongoing battle between form and function.
From some angles, it appears that it could be a prototype military vehicle and there’s a fair suspicion that Batman’s Tumbler may have taken some inspiration from those ridiculously massive rear tyres.
It also pioneered the mounting of the engine at a four-degree angle, something adopted by Ferrari in their current car, the F10.
Conceptually, it was brilliant making the front wings into winglets and bringing them inboard and maximizing the body size so as to maximize the benefit of the ground effects skirts.
Converting the concept into on-road performance, however, seemed somewhat more challenging. The car terrified its unfortunate drivers and was all but undriveable on bumpy roads with the car breaking ‘suction’ at inopportune moments.
It was a dismal failure as a race car, but this list isn’t about who got to the chequered flag first.