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|Chassis||Carbon fibre/Kevlar monocoque|
|Axle track||Front: 1,800 mm (71 in)|
Rear: 1,600 mm (63 in)
|Wheelbase||2,800 mm (110 in)|
|Engine||Ford-Cosworth DFR 3,494 cc (213.2 cu in), 90° V8, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted|
|Transmission||Rial 6-speed manual|
|Weight||500 kg (1,100 lb)|
|Notable entrants||Rial Racing|
|Notable drivers|| Christian Danner|
|Debut||1989 Brazilian Grand Prix|
The Rial ARC2 was a Formula One racing car manufactured and raced by Rial Racing for the 1989 Formula One season. It was powered by a Cosworth DFR V8 engine. Its best finish was at the 1989 United States Grand Prix when Christian Danner drove it to fourth place.
Rial Racing had run the tidy Rial ARC1, designed by Gustav Brunner, in 1988 and had scored three points with it. For 1989, a new chassis, largely based on the previous year's car and designated the ARC2, was designed by Stefan Fober. A total of three chassis were built for the year.
Having run a single car for Andrea de Cesaris the previous season, Rial Racing expanded to two entries for 1989. De Cesaris had moved to BMS Scuderia Italia for 1989 and was replaced with the relatively experienced German Christian Danner. Driving the second car was Formula One novice Volker Weidler.
Danner comfortably qualified his ARC2 17th on the grid at the season opening Brazilian Grand Prix and went on to be classified 14th in the race itself despite retiring with gear box issues. This proved to be the car's best qualifying performance all year; from hereon both drivers would struggle to qualify (pre-qualify in Weidler's case). Danner only managed to qualify for three more races, all in the early part of the season. He finished 12th in Monaco but followed this up at the next race in the United States with a finish in the points. From last on the grid, and benefiting from an attrition afflicted race, Danner finished in fourth place. At the next race he placed eighth but this proved to be the last classification for the ARC2.
Danner failed to make the grid for the next seven races and left the team after the Portuguese Grand Prix. His replacements, first Gregor Foitek for one race and Bertrand Gachot for the last two races of the year, both failed to make the race proper. Weidler, in the other car, did not pre-qualify for nine races and was excluded from a tenth. He was replaced by Pierre-Henri Raphanel who did not fare any better.
Complete Formula One results
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)
|1989||Rial Racing||Ford DFZ 3.5 V8||G||BRA||SMR||MON||MEX||USA||CAN||FRA||GBR||GER||HUN||BEL||ITA||POR||ESP||JPN||AUS||3||13th|
* classified but not running at finish
- Rial ARC2 @ StatsF1
- Nye, 1992, p. 313