Total Production: 10 1972 - 1973
Chevron's first F5000 racer was the B24. It was given an aluminum monocoque chassis with a Chevrolet powerplant as a fully stressed engine. The five-liter, fuel-injected V8 engine was married to a Hewland five-speed gearbox and disc brakes were placed at all four corners. In the front was a double-wishbone suspension with a multi-link layout in the rear.
The Chevron B24 made its racing debut at the 1972 Oulton Park Gold Cup where Brian Redman piloted the Chevy-powered car to a victory. The Chevron would score several more victories throughout the 1972 season. In 1973, several customer cars were built and actively raced throughout the world. It is believed that approximately ten examples were built before they were replaced with the B28 in 1974.
The Chevron B24 was successful in Formula F5000 competition, including winning the European F5000 Championship (won by Teddy Pilette in the Team VDS B24). However, its greatest accomplishment was not in Formula 5000 competition, but in F1 competition. F5000 cars were often used to fill the grid of non-World Championship Formula 1 races during the 1970s. Only once did an F5000 car outpace a field of F1 cars, and that was at the 1973 Race of Champions. A Chevron B24, driven by Peter Gethin, took home that noble victory.
By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2016