Apollon (Formula One)

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Apollon
Apollon logo.gif
Full name Apollon
Founder(s) Loris Kessel
Noted drivers Switzerland Loris Kessel
Formula One World Championship career
Debut 1977 Italian Grand Prix
Races competed 1 (no starts) [1]
Engines Cosworth
Race victories 0
Points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
Final race 1977 Italian Grand Prix

Apollon was a Formula One racing car constructor from Switzerland. The team participated in one Formula One World Championship Grand Prix but failed to qualify.[2] The team was formed by racing driver Loris Kessel.

Formula One[edit]

After Loris Kessel had left John Macdonald's RAM team, he approached Frank Williams for a drive at his team. Williams had no place left for Kessel, but could sell him an old car. Kessel agreed and approached The Swiss Jolly Club of Switzerland, that was successful in touring cars and rallying. Kessel also hired ex-Ferrari designer Giacomo Caliri. In his FLY-studio the FW03 was heavily updated. The result was a car with a striking long nose and radiators placed directly in front of the front wheel suspension. Painted in fresh yellow and white colours the former FW03 was a nice looking car. The car was renamed the Apollon Fly, named after the sponsor of the project, a pharmacist. However, it took a long time before the Apollon actually appeared on the track. Jolly Club tried to race in Belgium, France, Austria and the Netherlands. However, in Belgium and France, Kessel had transport problems. At Monza the Apollon finally appeared. Because not enough pit boxes were available, the Swiss had to settle for a place in the open air, a clumsy scene. In the untested car Kessel was way too slow and when he went off track in the final qualifying session, the adventure was finally over.

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Driver No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
1977 Apollon Fly Ford Cosworth V8 G ARG BRA RSA USW ESP MON BEL SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA USA CAN JPN 0
Switzerland Loris Kessel 41 DNQ

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Apollon's results at formula1.com". Formula One Results. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Apollon's summary statistics at ChicaneF1.com". Formula One Results. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 

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