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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1983
Numbers built:5
Designed by:Gerard Ducarouge
Predecessor:Alfa Romeo 182 F1
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:March 17, 2014
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Click here to download printer friendly versionTowards the end of the 1982 Formula 1 season, Alfa Romeo debuted an all-new V8 turbo engine in one of the practice sessions for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. It was installed in a modified Type 182 chassis, which had originally been designed for the naturally aspirated V12 used in the previous seasons. This 182T was ultimately not raced but did form the basis for the 183T that was ready at the start of the 1983 season.

In an organisational change, the development of the chassis was entrusted from 1983 to the independent firm Euroracing. They were handed most of Autodelta's personnel and equipment to ensure a smooth transition. Designed by Gérard Ducarouge, the carbon fibre monocoque was an evolution of the narrow 182B chassis that was used in the second half of 1982. Suspension was very conventional with wishbones and rockers at the front and double wishbones at the rear.

More significant were the changes made to the aerodynamics as the ground-effect aerodynamics used in 1982 were banned from the start of the new season to reduce the cornering loads on the drivers' necks and backs. A flat bottom was now mandated and there also no longer was a need to run full-length side-pods. Housing the radiators, they started just behind the cockpit on the 183T. More substantial wings were also fitted to make up for some of the lost downforce.

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  Article Image gallery (15) 183T/2 Specifications