Alfa Romeo 177

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Alfa Romeo 177
Alfa Romeo 177
Alfa Romeo 177 (1977-spec) in Alfa Romeo Museum.
Category Formula One
Constructor Alfa Romeo
Designer(s) Carlo Chiti
Robert Choulet
Predecessor 159
Successor 179
Technical specifications
Chassis Aluminium monocoque
Wheelbase 2,740 mm (107.9 in)
Engine Alfa-Romeo 115-12 2,995 cc flat-12 naturally aspirated, mid-engined, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Hewland-Alfa Romeo 6 manual[1]
Weight 610 kg (1,344.8 lb)
Fuel Agip
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Autodelta
Notable drivers 35. Italy Bruno Giacomelli
36. Italy Vittorio Brambilla
Debut 1979 Belgian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
3 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
n.b. Unless otherwise stated, all data refer to
Formula One World Championship Grands Prix only.

The Alfa Romeo 177 was a Formula One car used by the Alfa Romeo team during the 1979 Formula One season, debuting at the 1979 Belgian Grand Prix.[2]The car's name is derived from the fact that the design was commenced in 1977.[3] The 177 marked Alfa Romeo's return to Formula One, 28 years after winning the World Drivers' Championship titles in 1950 and 1951. The car was constructed by Alfa Romeo's racing department Autodelta, and featured a Carlo Chiti designed Alfa Romeo flat-12 engine which had been used earlier in the Alfa Romeo 33TT12 and 33SC12 sports cars. In 1976 this engine was supplied to Brabham and the deal continued until 1979. The 177 was a bulky car finished in the handsome dark red colour adopted by Autodelta.[4] The 177 featured a riveted aluminium chassis, with front suspension by upper rocking arms, lower wishbones and inboard-mounted coil spring/damper units.[4] The rear suspension featured parallel lower links, single top links, twin radius rods and outboard coil spring/damper units.[4] Bruno Giacomelli had won the 1978 European Formula Two Championship in a March[5] and was hired to drive the new Alfa Romeo 177; he used this car at Belgian and French Grands Prix. The Alfa Romeo 179 with a new V12 engine was ready for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza so Giacomelli drove the new car and the 177 was raced by Vittorio Brambilla. Both drivers raced the 179 thereafter.


Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points WCC
1979 Autodelta Alfa Romeo 115-12 F12 G ARG BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA 0 13th
Bruno Giacomelli Ret 17
Vittorio Brambilla 12

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Alfa Romeo". gaffersports.com. Archived from the original on 28 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 
  2. ^ "Alfa Romeo 179". ultimatecarpage.com. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  3. ^ "Os Gloriosos Fracassos - Alfa Romeo 1979-1985 (1ª parte)". autosport.clix.pt. Retrieved 2007-09-12.  (Portuguese)
  4. ^ a b c Pritchard, Anthony (1986). Directory of Formula One Cars 1966-1986. Bourne End, England: Aston Publications Limited. p. 223. ISBN 0946627029. 
  5. ^ "ALFA ROMEO IN FORMULA 1". mitoalfaromeo.com. Archived from the original on 22 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-26.  (Italian)