|Suspension (front)||Inboard pushrod operated independent suspension. Carbon fibre wishbones with double tether restraint system both front and rear|
|Suspension (rear)||As front|
|Engine||Cosworth CR3 V10 (72°) naturally aspirated|
|Transmission||Arrows 6-speed longitudinal automatic sequential|
|Notable entrants||Orange Arrows|
|Notable drivers||20. Heinz-Harald Frentzen|
21. Enrique Bernoldi
|Debut||2002 Australian Grand Prix|
Arrows racing history
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. However, due to financial problems the team replaced him with Heinz-Harald Frentzen because he could bring more sponsorship money.
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
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. 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.
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, as the Super Aguri SA05 during the first half of the 2006 Formula One season.
Complete Formula One results
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)
|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|
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