The name Engineering Fluid came from my good friend who worked as a mechanic in F1 and Indy racing during the adventurous years – when creativity and budget were the only limitations that defined a race car. In the early seventies, engineers at Lotus became enthralled with turbine engines. Not only did they build the Lotus 56 around a helicopter engine, they gave it a new wedge-shaped body and all-wheel-drive. Changing all the variables at once must have felt right. A few years later, some wily folks at Tyrrell were convinced the large tires up front were creating too much drag, so they developed and raced six-wheeled Formula-1 cars. The Tyrrell P34s had four small wheels up front!
It should come as no surprise that beer heavily influenced some of the more radical concepts...presumably after a hard day's work. Race cars of that era were born in pubs as sketches crudely penciled on napkins late at night. There was a special fluid for nearly every part of the car, so "Engineering Fluid" was the fitting name they gave the fluid that inspired radical innovation.
So the next time a difficult problem has you stumped, grab your pals, blank paper, pencils, and some good beer. In the morning, sort through your sketches and ideas, and you might find the solution you’ve been looking for. Mind you, most good ideas are born from a series of horrible ideas, so, please, repeat as needed.
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To all your innovations, good and horrible alike... Cheers!
We do not currenly have the necessary licensing to sell beer. Ironically, there is no law against giving it away for free, so we are giving free beer to friends and enthusiasts to help gain recognition and build a loyal base of would-be future customers. Look for us at the conclusion of grassroots sports car events in the Southeast.