Classic Car Catalogue

Iota 1949

P1-Jap 'Wasp' - discontinued

Great Britain

Motor SportMarch 1949

We have been notified that the Iota 500-cc. racing car, conceived originally by Dick Caesar and closely resembling the famous Freikaiserwagen in its Silverstone guise, is to be sold as a production model. The specification embraces a chassis of welded steel tubes, 4.00 by 15 tyres and swing-axle rear suspension. The wheelbase is 7 ft, the track 4 ft. and the dry weight, with proper bodywork, is expected to be approximately 450 lb. A high proportion of the weight is intentionally carried by the rear wheels, its it has been found that handling qualities are not affected, so a compact rear engine layout has been adopted, thus enabling the driver to occupy almost the same driving position as on a front-engined racing car. Front suspension is by coil springs and Morgan-like pillars, the stub axles mounted in aluminium carrier sliding and swivelling on self-lubricating bronze bushes, and at the rear the independent suspension is controlled by an ingenious inter-connected rubber damping system. The suspension is essentially " soft," and uses hydraulic shock-absorbers all round.
Eight-inch Girling hydro-mechanical braking is employed, with light-alloy drums, one drum sufficing at the rear, as no differential is incorporated. The normal engine will be a Speedway J.A.P., driving by chain to a close-ratio four-speed gearbox, final drive being by another chain to the centre of the swing-axle assembly. A flexible, crash-proof fuel tank is fitted and equipment includes 5-in. rev-counter and twin driving mirrors. It is hoped to market the Iota for about £400 complete with engine.