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Michael May (racing driver)

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Nationality  Swiss
Wins  0
Active years  1961
Championships  0
Role  Racing driver
Entries  3 (2 starts)
Name  Michael May
Teams  non-works Lotus
Podiums  0

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Born  18 August 1934 (age 81) Stuttgart, Wurttemberg, Germany (1934-08-18)

Michael May (born 18 August 1934 in Stuttgart, Germany) is a former racing driver from Switzerland. He participated in three Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 14 May 1961. He scored no championship points.

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After a crash during practice for the 1961 German Grand Prix, May concentrated on engineering, helping to develop a fuel injection system for Porsche and Ferrari.

May is generally credited with introducing the first manipulated elevated wing onto a racing car - a Porsche 550 - to produce downforce (or down thrust) for enhanced braking and cornering speeds to reduce lap times.

He also worked in designing high-compression engines, improving fuel economy among other things. The most notable example was his reworked 'Fireball' head for the 'high-efficiency' high-compression Jaguar V-12 HE engine.

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