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The Cooper T60 was a Formula 1 racing car produced by the Cooper Car Company between 1962 and 1965.

History

Cooper T60 Climax. Chassis F1-17-61 at the 2010 Monaco Historic Grand Prix. WM

Cooper T60 Climax. Chassis F1-17-61 at the 2010 Monaco Historic Grand Prix. by Wouter Melissen - Ultimatecarpage.com

The Cooper T60 was John Cooper's design for a 1.5-liter Formula 1 car for 1962. The chassis consisted of a steel trellis frame to which the new FWMV V8 engine from Climax was mounted. The larger and longer engine made it necessary to have a longer wheelbase than on previous models. The body was made of aluminum and the 6-speed gearbox was made by Cooper. The front and rear suspension consisted of double wishbones and coil springs.

The first test runs were a little promising. Two persistent problems with the engine response caused gear damage. These technical deficiencies were to be eliminated before the start of the race season.

Racing History

The first race in which the Cooper T60 was entered was the 1962 Netherlands Grand Prix in Zandvoort, with Bruce McLaren driving.

McLaren was up at the top of the leaderboard in the opening races of 1962, scoring victory at Monaco in only the second Grand Prix of the season.