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1970 TRC Ti 22 MkII

Bob Lee

Peter Bryant a Cockney racing mechanic with F1, Indy and Can-Am experience built two “Titanium” Can-Am cars the Ti 22 MkI and MkII. Titanium was used instead of steel for the bulkheads, suspension and subframe. These cars challenged McLaren domination in Can-Am with stiff lightweight construction and innovative aerodynamics. The Ti 22 was the first body design to use side fences to channel the airflow over the body increasing downforce. The Autocoast Ti 22 MkI was built in 1969 and showed great promise. In 1970 the Ti 22 MkI crashed at St. Jovite and Autocoast ended their involvement. Peter formed TRC in Costa Mesa Ca. to build the 1970 TRC Ti 22 MkII. The Ti 22 MkII featured a new monocoque and was 2 inches longer and 4 inches wider than the MkI. Jackie Oliver finished second in the MkII’s first two Can-Am races at Laguna Seca and Riverside setting the fastest race laps. David Hobbs qualified 3rd at Laguna in 1971 with the MkII. The Ti 22 MkII was featured in the 1970 movie “Once upon a wheel” with Paul Newman driving.

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