Arrows FA1

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Arrows FA1
Category Formula One
Constructor Arrows
Designer(s) Tony Southgate
Dave Wass
Successor A1
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Aluminium monocoque
Axle track Front: 1,651 mm (65.0 in)
Rear: 1,524 mm (60.0 in)
Wheelbase 2,590 mm (102 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 593 kg (1,307 lb)
Fuel FINA / Valvoline
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Arrows Racing Team
Notable drivers 35. Italy Riccardo Patrese
36. West Germany Rolf Stommelen
Debut 1978 Brazilian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
10 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Arrows FA1 was a Formula One car used by the Arrows team during the 1978 Formula One season. The car was the first ever for the Arrows Racing Team and was designed by Tony Southgate and Dave Wass.

The team was forced to withdraw the car partway through the season after a legal protest from the Shadow team, on the grounds that it was too similar to their own DN9 design; the result of the Arrows team being formed earlier in the year from a splinter group of disgruntled Shadow employees.

Knowing it would lose the case, Arrows had already designed a new car, the A1,[2] and did not miss a race.

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (Results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1978 Arrows Racing Team Ford Cosworth DFV G ARG BRA RSA USW MON BEL ESP SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA USA CAN 11 1 10th 1
Riccardo Patrese 10 Ret 6 6 Ret Ret 2 8 Ret 9
Rolf Stommelen 9 9 Ret Ret 14 14 15 DNQ DSQ

^1 3 points scored using the A1.


  1. ^ Arrows FA1 @ StatsF1
  2. ^ "CONSTRUCTORS: ARROWS GRAND PRIX". Retrieved 12 August 2011.