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  Ferrari F1-86

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1986
Numbers built:8
Predecessor:Ferrari 156-85 F1
Successor:Ferrari F1/87
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionFerrari's first four Turbo-seasons were a right mix of ups and downs and at the end of 1984 there was some drastic changes made in the personnel department. Engine man Mauro Forghieri was again set aside and was replaced by Ildo Renzetti who came from Fiat. He discarded the iron block and replaced it with one constructed from aluminium alloy. Postlethwaite again designed a new carbon fibre tub and the 156/85 was born. The new engine was fragile and the aerodynamics were poor, nevertheless Alboreto managed to score a win anf Ferrari was runner-up again. For 1986 the team returned to the iron block again and the KKK Turbos were replaced by Garretts. It did not help much and Alboreto and Stefan Johansson struggled throughout the season with the F186. Ferrari was fourth in the constructor's championship.

There were several drastic changes for 1987 and the F187 was pretty much a clean sheet design. The V6 layout was retained, but the engine now had a more conventional angle of 90 degrees. Producing a stunning 880 bhp, it was mated to a new six speed gearbox and bolted directly to a Gustav Brunner designed monocoque. The F187 finally lived up to its potential at the end of the season as Gerhard Berger drove it to two victories. The car was modified slightly for 1988 and renamed F187/88C. The slimmed down F187 was no match for the Honda engined McLarens, which won all but one race that season. That one race was the Italian Grand Prix at Monza where Berger drove the 'Ultimo Turbo' to a win after McLaren's Prost and Senna retired from the race.

Yes the F187/88C was the 'Ultimo Turbo' as for 1989 Turbocharged engines were banned in Formula 1. Ferrari returned to the more familiar V12 engine and debuted the paddle-shift gearbox. Eight years of racing the Turbo engine resulted in two constructor's championships and over a dozen victories. Considering the rapid progression made in the sport, this was not bad at all and there was no other team so consistent in these difficult times as Ferrari. Of course the biggest story of this era is the dramatic 1982 season with big accidents for both Villeneuve and Pironi. Looking at the team's performance, it would not have been inconceivable that either one of these drivers would have won the driver's championship in 1982 and possibly also in 1983.

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