Shadow chief designer Tony Southgate started the DN8 project in 1976. He left the team in June, leaving his former deputy Dave Wass to complete the car from Southgate’s drawings. The new car followed the layout of the DN5, with a low monocoque and high cockpit, rocker arm suspension at the front, and parallel links and radius arms at the rear. The main radiators were again at the side, but angled in cowlings, and the oil radiator was in the nose. The car was used by Shadow team in last five races in 1976, for the whole season of 1977, and in the early part of the 1978 championship. Shadow’s number 1 for the 1977 season was highly rated Welsh driver Tom Pryce. When Pryce had been killed in a freak racing accident in South African Grand Prix, Alan Jones, who was racing for Shadow in Can-Am series, was signed by the Shadow F1 team as a replacement. The Australian made the most of the opportunity and won at the Österreichring for his maiden victory, finishing seventh in the championship, with 22 points.
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