The Surtees TS9 was raced from 1971 through 1973. The engine of choice was the Ford Cosworth unit. The TS9 was designed by John Surtees, Peter Connew, and Shahab Ahmed, and was basically a TS7 with improved road-handling due to a longer wheelsbase and wider track. It was raced in Formula One competition during the 1971 through 1972 season. The cars were driven by John Surtees, Rolf Stommelen, Sam Posey, Gijs van Lennep, Mike Hailwood, Andrea de Adamich, Joe Domingo, Len Booysen, Luis Bueno, Tim Schenken, James Hunt, and Neil Doyle in F1 Competition. There were six TS9 cars constructed. The cars were equipped with V8 engines that produced nearly 450 horsepower and matted to Hewland FG400 gearboxes. Zero-to-sixty took just 3.15 seconds.
The inaugural race for the Surtees TS9 was at the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch where Surtees piloted his machine to a third place finish. Surtees was able to accumulate points at other races and managed to secure the Oulton Park Gold Cup.
One of the TS9 F1 cars was sent to Team Gunston in South Africa. During a race at Kyalami and driven by John Love, the throttle remained open sending car and driver through the barriers and destroyed the car.
Chassis 001 through 003 were used during the 1971 Formula One Season. Chassis 004 was used by Surtees to win his Gold Cup and later used by Hailwood to race at the Italian Grand Prix. Chassis 004 was later updated to TS9B specifications.
The TS9B, of which there were two - chassis 005 and 006, were introduced in 1971 and raced during the 1972 and 1973 F1 seasons. It was the next evolution of the TS9 with a full-width nose which had integrated ventilation ports. Drivers during the 1971 season included John Surtees, Brian Redman, Gijs van Lennep, and Rolf Stommelen.By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2012