The 1966 season was the first of the ‘3 litre formula’, which saw maximum engine capacity doubled from the previous season. New Cooper T81 designed by Derrick White was the first monocoque chassis built by Cooper Car Company. In place of the 1.5-litre Coventry Climax used under the previous formula, the T81 was powered by Maserati Tipo 9 2.5-litre V12 engine which had been bored out to 3 litres. The engine was supplied by the Chipstead Group, Maserati’s UK distributors. Cooper started the season with Richie Ginther and Johen Rindt as works drivers. However after two rounds Ginther was replaced by John Surtees who left Ferrari after winning Belgian Grand Prix for Scuderia. Surtees took the car’s first win in the final race of the 1966 season in Mexico and finished second in the Championship. Rindt achieved three podium positions, handing him third place in the championship at the end of the year.
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