Maki Engineering

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Maki
Maki Engineering.png
Full name Maki Engineering
Base Tokyo, Japan
Founder(s) Kenji Mimura
Noted drivers New Zealand Howden Ganley
Japan Hiroshi Fushida
United Kingdom Tony Trimmer
Formula One World Championship career
Debut 1974 British Grand Prix
Races competed 8 (0 starts)
Engines Cosworth DFV
Race victories 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
Final race 1976 Japanese Grand Prix

Maki Engineering was a Formula One constructor from Japan. A small team founded by Kenji Mimura, their entry into the 1974 Formula One World Championship was Japan's first since Honda had withdrawn at the end of the 1968 season. They first entered the 1974 British Grand Prix, with New Zealand driver Howden Ganley driving a single Maki F101, powered by the ubiquitous Cosworth DFV V8 engine. He failed to qualify, and then badly injured his legs at the following German Grand Prix. The team then withdrew to Japan to repair and modify the car.

That seemed to be it, but then the small team re-emerged at the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix, with successful domestic driver Hiroshi Fushida driving the updated Maki F101C, and sponsorship from Citizen Watches. With only 25 entrants, he was guaranteed a starting place, but the DFV broke in practice and he was unable to start as the team had no spares. They missed the French Grand Prix, and then Fushida failed to qualify for the British Grand Prix. For the German Grand Prix, British club driver Tony Trimmer replaced Fushida, but was unable to qualify either there, or for the Austrian Grand Prix. The Maki made its first and only race start in the non-championship Swiss Grand Prix, where Trimmer finished last of the finishers in 13th place, six laps behind the winner Clay Regazzoni's Ferrari.

The team disappeared once again, only returning to Formula One once - for the 1976 season-closing Japanese Grand Prix. With Trimmer in the seat, the upgraded F102A once again failed to make the grid, and the team were never seen in Formula One again.


Complete Formula One results[edit]

Formula One World Championship[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine(s) Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1974 Maki F101 Ford V8 F ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA 0 -
New Zealand Howden Ganley DNQ DNQ
1975 Maki F101C Ford V8 G ARG BRA RSA ESP MON BEL SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA USA 0 -
Japan Hiroshi Fushida DNS DNQ
United Kingdom Tony Trimmer DNQ DNQ DNQ
1976 Maki F102A Ford V8 G BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA JPN 0 -
United Kingdom Tony Trimmer DNQ

Non Championship results[edit]

Year Event Venue Driver Result Category Report
1975 Swiss Grand Prix Dijon Tony Trimmer 13th Formula One Report

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