ATS D7

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ATS D7
Winkelhock ATS D7 1984 Dallas F1.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor ATS
Designer(s) Gustav Brunner
Predecessor ATS D6
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis carbon fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbones, pull rod, coil springs
Suspension (rear) Double wishbones, pull rod, coil springs
Engine BMW M12 1,499 cc (91.5 cu in), 90° V6, turbocharger, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Team ATS / Hewland 5 speed manual
Tyres Pirelli
Competition history
Notable entrants Team ATS
Notable drivers 14. West Germany Manfred Winkelhock
14/31. Austria Gerhard Berger
Debut 1984 Brazilian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
16 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The ATS D7 was a Formula One racing car used by the ATS team in the 1984 Formula One season. The car was designed by Gustav Brunner and was driven for most of the season by German Manfred Winkelhock. He was joined in a second car late in the season by Formula One rookie, Austrian driver Gerhard Berger. It was the last ever car produced by the ATS team.

Early in the season, the D7 with its powerful turbocharged BMW engine, showed surprising speed, if not reliability. Winkelhock qualified 6th at Zolder for the Belgian Grand Prix and early in the race ran confidently in 4th place behind the Ferraris of Michele Alboreto and René Arnoux and the Renault of Derek Warwick before exhaust failure put him out on lap 39. He then qualified 7th for the next race in San Marino and again was racing in the points (top 6) before his race ended in turbo failure.

Winkelhock only managed to finish two races in the quick but unreliable D7, finishing 8th in both Canada and Dallas. After joining the team for his first race in Austria, Berger enjoyed better reliability. He finished 12th at the Österreichring before gaining his first ever points finish in F1 by placing 6th in Italy at Monza. However, as ATS had only entered one car for the season and Berger was in a second entered car, no points were awarded for his drive.

Despite Berger's 6th place at Monza, the ATS D7 scored no points for the 1984 season. Following the season BMW stopped supplying the team with its engines due to the lack of results and bad publicity team owner Günter Schmid had gained for his pit lane antics. As a result Schmid pulled the plug on the team at the end of the season.


Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Team Engine Tyres Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WCC Pts.
1984 Team ATS BMW M12 1.5 L4t P BRA RSA BEL SMR FRA MON CAN DET DAL GBR GER AUT NED ITA EUR POR NC 0
Manfred Winkelhock EX Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 8 Ret Ret DNS Ret DNS
Gerhard Berger 12 6 Ret 13

As Gerhard Berger was the team's second entry and as the team had only entered one car for the entire championship, the second entry was ineligible to score points.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1984 ATS D7 BMW- Images, Specifications and Information". Ultimatecarpage.com. Retrieved 2012-08-08.