LDS-CLIMAX/REPCO FORMULA ONE - Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Project 5 of 7

LDS was a South African-built Formula One car manufactured by local racing hero Louis Douglas Serrurier, whose initials make up the car’s name. This car was commissioned by Sam Tingle, and was essentially an authorised copy of the Brabham BT11 with a Cooper F1 suspension.

Fitted with a 2,5-litre Coventry-Climax four-cylinder engine, it made its début at the end of 1965 before Tingle went on to finish second in both the 1966 and ’67 SA F1 championships.

The LDS was then fitted with a three-litre Repco V8 engine and in 1968 appeared in Team Gunston livery as part of the first F1 team in the world to carry full tobacco company sponsorship.

Tingle retired the car after it had appeared in 30 races including three SA grands prix, scoring two wins, 10 second places and seven thirds. It was the tenth and last LDS to be built, and the most successful.



Year 1967
Country of Origin South Africa
Engine Type 2.7 liter DOHC, 2 valves per cylinder
Power Output 180 HP or 134 kW
Transmission Type 5-speed Hewland HD
Braking System disc brakes all round
Top speed 240 km/h, depending on ratio