Arrows A9

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Arrows A9
Arrows -A9.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Arrows
Designer(s) Dave Wass
Predecessor A8
Successor A10
Technical specifications
Chassis Carbon fibre monocoque
Axle track Front: 1,854 mm (73.0 in)
Rear: 1,676 mm (66.0 in)
Wheelbase 2,921 mm (115.0 in)
Engine BMW M12/13, 1,499 cc (91.5 cu in), Straight 4, turbo, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Arrows / Hewland 6-speed manual
Weight 540 kg (1,190 lb)
Fuel Castrol
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Barclay Arrows BMW
Notable drivers 17. Germany Christian Danner
18. Belgium Thierry Boutsen
Debut 1986 German Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
3 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Arrows A9 was a Formula One car which the Arrows team used to compete in the 1986 Formula One season. It was powered by the tubocharged Inline 4cyl BMW M12 engine. Unlike the BMWs used by the Brabham and Benetton teams whose engines were maintained and updated regularly by BMW, the Arrows engines were maintained by Swiss engine guru Heini Mader and were rated as the least powerful of the BMW runners.

The A9 was supposed to replace the ageing A8 car, but it turned out to be worse than its predecessor.

Because of this the team stuck with the A8 from the previous season. As a result, the A9 only saw action at three races, at the German and Austrian Grands Prix, in the hands of Thierry Boutsen, in both of these races the car failed to finish after its turbocharger failed.

At the Hungarian Grand Prix team mate Christian Danner raced the A9 but retired after 7 laps with rear suspension failure.

The Arrows team found that the rear end was the major problem with the A9 and for a couple of races it was run with its new front end joined to the rear end of the A8. While this actually improved the performance of the new car, Arrows soon returned to running the older A8 for the balance of the season.[1]

Arrows finished the season in 10th place, with a single point, earned by Boutsen's team-mate Christian Danner in Austria while driving the A8.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1986 Barclay Arrows BMW BMW M12 S4 (t/c) G BRA ESP SMR MON BEL CAN DET FRA GBR GER HUN AUT ITA POR MEX AUS 1* 10th
Thierry Boutsen Ret Ret
Christian Danner Ret

* scored with the Arrows A8

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