Arrows A23

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Arrows A23
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 2002 French Gran Prix.jpg
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorArrows
Designer(s)Mike Coughlan
Sergio Rinland
PredecessorA22
Technical specifications
ChassisCarbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension (front)Inboard pushrod operated independent suspension. Carbon fibre wishbones with double tether restraint system both front and rear
Suspension (rear)As front
EngineCosworth CR3 V10 (72°) naturally aspirated
TransmissionArrows 6-speed longitudinal automatic sequential
FuelTotal S.A.
Elf
Fina
TyresBridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrantsOrange Arrows
Notable drivers20. Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
21. Brazil Enrique Bernoldi
Debut2002 Australian Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
12000
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The Arrows A23 is a Formula One racing car, used by the Arrows team during the 2002 Formula One season.

Arrows racing history[edit]

Designed by Sergio Rinland and Mike Coughlan, the A23 featured a Cosworth V10 engine, rather than the Asiatech unit used in the previous year's Arrows A22. The car bore the livery of the team's major sponsor, Orange. The car was completely designed around Jos Verstappen, who had a contract to race for the 2002 season.[1] However, due to financial problems the team replaced him with Heinz-Harald Frentzen because he could bring more sponsorship money.[1]

Driven by Frentzen and Enrique Bernoldi, the car scored only two championship points before financial problems forced the team to pull out of Formula One following the 2002 German Grand Prix.

The team's last attempted entry at the French Grand Prix saw both drivers deliberately fail to qualify as the team cut back on engine mileage and repair. On-board data acquisition showed the car to be quick in the first two sectors but noticeably slower in the third and final sector.

Further use by other teams[edit]

Minardi[edit]

Following the demise of Arrows, the A23 chassis and intellectual property rights to them were bought by Paul Stoddart, then the head of the Minardi team, as a potential replacement for his own team's PS03 chassis.

The chassis was renamed the Minardi PS04, although it was largely unchanged from its condition as raced in the 2002 season.[2] A comparison test next to the Minardi PS03 proved it to have similar performance to the PS03, but possibly more potential. However Minardi was worried about the negative PR from running a "pure-Arrows" and the decision was made to modify the PS03 using Arrows intellectual property and elements from the Arrows A23 for the 2004 season. The resulting car was called the Minardi PS04B.[3]

Super Aguri[edit]

Four years later, in 2006, the new Super Aguri F1 team bought remaining unmodified A23 cars and from Minardi. Super Aguri ran them, with some minor modifications,[4] as the Super Aguri SA05 during the first half of the 2006 Formula One season.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant Engines Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
2002 Orange Arrows Cosworth V10 B AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR GBR FRA GER HUN BEL ITA USA JPN 2 11th
Heinz-Harald Frentzen DSQ 11 Ret Ret 6 11 6 13 13 Ret DNQ Ret
Enrique Bernoldi DSQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 10 Ret DNQ Ret

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jos Verstappen". historicracing.com. Archived from the original on 22 August 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Stoddart says the Minardi PS04 is ready". grandprix.com. 2003-09-14. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  3. ^ "Minardi's "new" new PS04". grandprix.com. 2003-12-19. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  4. ^ "New Aguri planned for French GP". GPUpdate.net. 2006-04-24. Retrieved 2011-01-30.