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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1999
Designed by:Mike Gascoyne for Jordan Racing
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:May 10, 2018
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Click here to download printer friendly versionJordan had a breakthrough season in 1998 with Damon Hill scoring the team's very first Grand Prix victory at Spa-Francorchamps. Building on the success, Jordan used many of the same ingredients, including the design talents of Mike Gascoyne and the supply of Mugen Honda engines, to create the new-for-1999 Grand Prix car. The most obvious change was the addition of Williams driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen to the team, who changed seats with compatriot Ralf Schumacher.

Dubbed the Jordan 199, the new Grand Prix car was a wholly conventional design built around a carbon-fibre composite monocoque. On all four corners the car featured double wishbone suspension with push-rod actuated torsion bars and dampers, and Brembo supplied carbon-ceramic disc brakes. The car was powered by the latest evolution of the Mugen Honda V10 engine, which was mated to Jordan's own six-speed sequential gearbox. Also carried over from 1998 was the striking backing from Benson & Hedges.

The team left off where it finished in 1998 with Frentzen scoring a second and third in the opening two Grands Prix of the season. While former World Champion Hill struggled, Frentzen would go on to score a pair of victories as part of a seven-race point scoring streak. He ended the year third in the drivers' standings with 54 points. With the addition of the seven points scored by Hill in what would be his final season as a driver, Jordan also ended the year third in the constructors' championship.

With a total of six podium finishes, including two victories, the Mugen-engined 199 would turn out to be the most successful of all Jordan Grand Prix cars.

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