Arrows A1

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Arrows A1
Arrows A1 at Silverstone Classic 2009.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Arrows
Designer(s) Tony Southgate
Dave Wass
Predecessor FA1
Successor A2
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Aluminium monocoque
Axle track Front: 1,676 mm (66.0 in)
Rear: 1,549 mm (61.0 in)
Wheelbase 2,690 mm (106 in)
Engine Cosworth DFV, 2,993 cc (182.6 cu in), 90° V8, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Hewland FGA 400 5-speed manual
Weight 593 kg (1,307 lb)
Fuel FINA / Valvoline
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Arrows Racing Team
Notable drivers 35. Italy Riccardo Patrese
36. West Germany Rolf Stommelen
30. West Germany Jochen Mass
Debut 1978 Austrian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
12 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Arrows A1 was the car with which the Arrows Formula One team competed in the 1978 and 1979 Formula One seasons. It was a replacement for the Arrows FA1, which the team had been forced to withdraw after a legal protest from the Shadow team on the grounds that it was too similar to their own design; the result of the Arrows team being formed earlier in the year from a splinter group of disgruntled Shadow employees. The team must have anticipated that they would lose the legal case brought by Shadow, as the A1 was ready for a press launch three days after the court case ended.[2] A B-spec version of the chassis was used in 1979, before the introduction of the radical, but unsuccessful, A2.

The A1 also competed in the 1978, 1979, and 1980 British Formula One Series seasons.

Riccardo Patrese with his A1B in 1979.

British Formula One results[edit]

Year Team Engine Drivers
1978 Arrows Racing Team Cosworth V8 Riccardo Patrese and Rolf Stommelen
1979 Warsteiner Arrows Cosworth V8 Jochen Mass and Rupert Keegan
1980 Charles Clowes Racing Cosworth Guy Edwards

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]


Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1978 Arrows Racing Team Ford Cosworth DFV G ARG BRA RSA USW MON BEL ESP SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA USA CAN 11* 10th
Riccardo Patrese Ret Ret Ret EX 4
Rolf Stommelen DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 16 DNPQ
1979 Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team Ford Cosworth DFV G ARG BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA 5* 9th
Riccardo Patrese DNS 9 11 Ret 10 5 Ret Ret
Jochen Mass 8 7 12 9 8 Ret 6

* 8 points in 1978 scored using the FA1
* 2 points in 1979 scored using the A2


  1. ^ Arrows A1 @ StatsF1
  2. ^ Hodges, David (1990). A-Z of Formula Racing Cars. Bideford, UK: Bay View Books. p. 279. ISBN 1870979168.