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  Ferrari F1/87/88C

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1988
Numbers built:5 (2 converted from F1/87)
Designed by:Gustav Brunner and John Barnard for Scuderia Ferrari
Predecessor:Ferrari F1/87
Successor:Ferrari 640 F1
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:January 03, 2010
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Click here to download printer friendly versionFor what would be the final year for the turbo engines, Ferrari decided to evolve the existing car into the F1/87/88C. Most of the changes were made to comply with the new regulations intended to peg back the turbo-engined cars. As a result, the 1988 car featured a smaller fuel tank and a more restrictive pop-up valve that limited the turbo-boost to 2.5 bar. This reduced the power to just 650 bhp but more importantly the drivers constantly needed to conserve fuel to make sure the 150 litres of petrol available would suffice for a Grand Prix distance.

Berger debuted the F1/87/88C with a second place finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix. It was a promising debut but it quickly became apparent that the Ferrari was second at best to the utterly dominant McLaren MP4/4 Honda, which won 15 out of the 16 Grands Prix that year. The Honda engineers clearly had managed to cope best with the new restrictions. Berger did score that one non-McLaren win, appropriately at the Italian Grand Prix. In fact, it was a poignant one-two victory less than a month after the death of founder Enzo Ferrari.

Ferrari ended the turbo era second in the constructors' trophy and Berger and Alboreto were third and fifth. Meanwhile, Barnard was hard at work with the development of the all-new naturally aspirated Ferrari for the 1989 season. This was very much a revolutionary design and would introduce the paddle-operated, sequential gearbox that would become commonplace in Grand Prix racing. Hampered by poor reliability and rule changes, Gustav Brunner's only Ferrari design would score only three Grand Prix victories, spread over two seasons.

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