Arrows A3

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Arrows A3
Arrows A3 Mallory Park.JPG
Category Formula One
Constructor Arrows
Designer(s) Tony Southgate (1980)
Dave Wass (1981)
Predecessor A2
Successor A4
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Aluminium monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbones, springs
Suspension (rear) Double wishbones, springs
Axle track Front: 1,727 mm (68.0 in)
Rear: 1,600 mm (63 in)
Wheelbase 2,591 mm (102.0 in)
Engine Cosworth DFV, 2,993 cc (182.6 cu in), 90° V8, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Hewland FGA 400 5/6-speed manual
Fuel Valvoline
Tyres Goodyear (1980)
Michelin (1981)
Pirelli (1981)
Competition history
Notable entrants Arrows Racing Team
Notable drivers Italy Riccardo Patrese
West Germany Jochen Mass
New Zealand Mike Thackwell
West Germany Manfred Winkelhock
Debut 1980 Argentine Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
29 0 1 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
n.b. Unless otherwise stated, all data refer to
Formula One World Championship Grands Prix only.

The Arrows A3 was a Formula One car which the Arrows team used to compete in the 1980 and 1981 Formula One seasons.

After the failure of the A2 in the 1979 Formula One season, the A3 was a very conventional design.[2] The A3 featured a short wheelbase and conventional front nose and rear wing. The only aerodynamic novelty was a gearbox enclosure to reduce drag.[2]

The car was used in 1981, as Arrows did not have the resources to create a car with hydropneumatic suspension like the Brabham BT49C.[2]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points WCC
1980 Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team Ford Cosworth DFV G ARG BRA RSA USW BEL MON FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA 11 7th
Riccardo Patrese Ret 6 Ret 2 Ret 8 9 9 9 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret
Jochen Mass Ret 10 6 7 Ret 4 10 13 8 DNQ 11 Ret
Mike Thackwell DNQ
Manfred Winkelhock DNQ
1981 Arrows Racing Team Ford Cosworth DFV M
Riccardo Patrese Ret 3 7 2 Ret Ret Ret 14 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 11
Siegfried Stohr DNQ Ret 9 DNQ Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret 12 Ret 7 DNQ
Jacques Villeneuve DNQ DNQ


  1. ^ Arrows A3 @ StatsF1
  2. ^ a b c Hodges, David (1990). A-Z of Formula Racing Cars. Bideford, UK: Bay View Books. p. 279. ISBN 1870979168.