The Surtees TS8 was a Formula 5000 car built in 1971 to replace the Len Terry designed TS5/TS5A.
The TS8 was the first all new Surtees designed and built in house.
The former Motorcycle World Champion Mike Hailwood was signed to drive the works car in the Rothmans European F5000 Championship in 1971. Reliability issues hampered Hailwoods title aspirations in the early races. With a change of engine from Morand to Alan Smith the reliability returned and Hailwood went on to finish second in the to Frank Gardners works Lola.
The car was fitted with a 5 litre Chevrolet engine that was mounted to the cars aluminium monocoque chassis. The engine produced 465 bhp and was mated to a Hewland DG300 gearbox.
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