Arrows A2

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Arrows A2
Arrows A2 1.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Arrows
Designer(s) Dave Wass
Predecessor A1B
Successor A3
Technical specifications[1][2]
Chassis Rivited aluminium monocoque
Suspension (front) Rocker arms, lower wishbones, inboard coil springs
Suspension (rear) parallel bars, coil springs
Axle track Front: 1,153 mm (45.4 in)
Rear: 1,549 mm (61.0 in)
Wheelbase 2,718 mm (107.0 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 591 kg (1,303 lb)
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team
Notable drivers 29. Italy Riccardo Patrese
30. West Germany Jochen Mass
Debut 1979 French Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
8 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Arrows A2 was a Formula One racing car, designed by Tony Southgate and Dave Wass, was used by the Arrows team in the latter half of the 1979 Formula One season. Powered by a Cosworth DFV V8 engine and driven by Riccardo Patrese and Jochen Mass, it was relatively unsuccessful with its best finish being sixth on two occasions.

Design and development[edit]

For the 1979 season, Tony Southgate supervised the design and development of the Arrows A2. Unlike most contemporary cars, the engine and gearbox of the A2 were set at a four-degree angled incline. This enabled the use of aerodynamic underfloor sections across the full width of the chassis. This had the effect of raising the car's centre of gravity.[3] The A2 generated extensive downforce, but at the expense of handling. Within weeks design work started on the A2's successor, the A3, and the A1 was brought back for one final entry in the 1979 season.[4]

Race history[edit]

The A2 made its debut at the 1979 French Grand Prix but finished well down the field. Mass managed a pair of sixth places, at the German and Dutch Grand Prixs.

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 Points WCC
1979 Warsteiner Arrows Ford Cosworth DFV G ARG BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA 5* 9th
Riccardo Patrese 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret
Jochen Mass 15 Ret 6 Ret 6 Ret DNQ DNQ

* 3 points scored using the A1B



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