Benetton B193

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Benetton B193
Benetton B193B
Benetton at goodwood.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Benetton Formula Ltd.
Designer(s) Ross Brawn
Rory Byrne
Predecessor B192
Successor B194
Technical specifications[1][2]
Chassis Carbon fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbones, pushrod
Suspension (rear) Double wishbones, pushrod
Axle track Front: 1,690 mm (67 in)
Rear: 1,618 mm (63.7 in)
Wheelbase 2,880 mm (113 in)
Engine Ford HBA7 / HBA8, 3,498 cc (213.5 cu in), 75° V8, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Benetton transverse 6-speed semi-automatic
Weight 505 kg (1,113 lb)
Fuel Elf
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Camel Benetton Ford
Notable drivers 5. Germany Michael Schumacher
6. Italy Riccardo Patrese
Debut 1993 South African Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
16 1 0 5
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Benetton B193 was a Formula One racing car designed by Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne and raced by Benetton team in the 1993 Formula One season. It was powered by the latest Cosworth HBA engine in an initially-exclusive deal with Ford and it ran on Goodyear tyres.

The car is distinguishable from its predecessor due to its track being 15 cm (5.9 in) narrower per the regulations of 1993, and the addition of bargeboards at the San Marino Grand Prix. It also had sidepods with a less pronounced cut-in for the radiator ducts. The nose height was also raised vs that of the B192, and the 1993 car has a longer flatter rear 'deck' to smooth airflow over the rear suspension than the early B192. The standard rear-wing endplate profile also changed, featuring a straight leading edge rather than the curved design of the B192. Later in the season this would further change with the addition of the 'forward wing'; an additional cantilevered wing used on high-downforce tracks, mounted forward and above the main plane, attached via endplate extensions. The leading edge of the front wing now also followed a straight profile, rather than curving forward towards the endplates. The leading edge of the nose also followed a smoother curved profile; whereas the B192 was rather flatter at its tip.

In terms of performance it was an improvement on the 1992 competitor.[citation needed]

Thanks to the more powerful engine, Michael Schumacher was able to consistently challenge the McLarens and on occasion challenged the seemingly unbeatable Williams FW15C.

It is arguable that it was overall the second most competitive car on the grid,[citation needed] behind the Williams, with Schumacher regularly scoring podiums and out-qualifying the single-lap ace Ayrton Senna in 8 of the 16 races of the season. Having access to the most potent factory engine in contrast to McLaren having to make do with older-specification units gave Benetton a power advantage, (although Williams used a far superior Renault V10), however the McLaren had the edge at some races, in particular in wet conditions due in part to their use of traction control.[citation needed] Due to McLaren's early-season results (achieved in part against the B193A run in South Africa and Brazil) McLaren were able successfully lobby Ford to provide engines of equal-spec to Benetton from Hockenheim onward, with both running the Series VIII of the HB V8, where previously Benetton's exclusive deal had seen McLaren using the Series VII which Benetton also ran in the B192/B193A.

The car was very advanced in the technological sense and featured active suspension, a semi-automatic transmission and traction control from the Monaco Grand Prix onwards although Riccardo Patrese did later say that the car was a step down in quality compared to the much more sophisticated Williams cars he had been driving for the previous five years.

A variant of this car, the B193C was used as a test mule for an innovative four-wheel steering system and was tested by Schumacher and Patrese at Estoril. Four wheel steering had been introduced on some of Nissan and Toyota's production cars. Patrese both found the system to not add anything to the performance of the car and actually slowed the car through slower corners; however Schumacher preferred[3] the system as estimated a gain 3 tenths of a second per lap. The system was built onto Schumacher's race car for Japan and Australia, but failed to complete either race. The system would only have been legal for those 2 races; advanced technologies to aid drivers were banned for the 1994 season.[4]

It was the last car to feature cigarette brand Camel as the team's main sponsor, before the long term sponsorship of an Enstone-based team with Mild Seven cigarettes.

Benetton eventually finished 3rd in the Constructors' Championship just behind McLaren but with a substantial gap to Williams. The B193B was replaced for the 1994 season by the Benetton B194.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine Tyres Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts. WCC
1993 Camel Benetton Ford Ford HBA7 / HBA8
V8
G RSA BRA EUR SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN AUS 72 3rd
B193A Michael Schumacher Ret 3
B193B Ret 3 3 Ret 2 3 2 2 Ret 2 Ret 1 Ret Ret
B193A Riccardo Patrese Ret Ret
B193B 5 Ret 4 Ret Ret 10 3 5 2 6 5 16 Ret 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "STATS F1 • Benetton B193". Statsf1.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  2. ^ "STATS F1 • Benetton B193B". Statsf1.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  3. ^ "Lunch with... Pat Symonds". Motor Sport. September 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Banned! Four wheel steering". F1 Fanatic. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 

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