Lotus 97T. Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2015

Goodwood Festival 2015: Eighties F1 cars

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Lotus 97T. Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2015

A collection of cars which raced during the eighties, at height of F1’s last turbo era, are in action at Goodwood this weekend.

Among them are Ferrari’s first turbocharged F1 car, the 126 CK, which took unlikely wins in the 1981 Monaco and Spanish Grands Prix thanks to Gilles Villeneuve.

The McLaren-Honda MP4/4 is no stranger to the hill, but following McLaren’s reunion with the Japanese manufacturer several of its successors are also present. they include the 1989 MP4/5, powered by a normally aspirated 3.5-litre Honda engine, which dominated the championship in the year after turbos were banned.

Another non-turbo runner on the hill is the Osella FA1-D, which raced in 1982 and 1983. A replacement for the FA1-C, which Riccardo Paletti lost his life in during the 1982 Canadian Grand Prix, the FA1-D was regularly among the non-qualifiers, on the eight occasions it started a race it never saw the chequered flag.

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  • 4 comments on “Goodwood Festival 2015: Eighties F1 cars”

    1. If the powers that be want to make F1 cars look awesome again, make them look like the 97T and the MP4/5. Look at how elegant and simple the front wings are and the total lack of winglets and strakes and all that other tat.

      1. I prefer the current front wings in terms of looks, I love how much development goes into perfecting such a seemingly small aspect of the cars. As far as I know, the current front wings are one of the only parts of the cars that are unhindered by regulations governing what you can do with the winglets so the current front wings are on the cutting edge.

      2. I do agrre with Jules.
        Elegant and simple.

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