Tyrrell DG016

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Tyrrell DG016
Tyrrell 016.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Tyrrell
Designer(s) Maurice Philippe
Brian Lisles
Predecessor 015
Successor 017
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Carbon fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbones, pushrods
Suspension (rear) Double wishbones, pushrods
Axle track Front: 1,651 mm (65.0 in)
Rear: 1,524 mm (60.0 in)
Wheelbase 2,717 mm (107.0 in)
Engine Cosworth DFZ, 3,494 cc (213.2 cu in), 90° V8, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Tyrrell / Hewland 5-speed manual
Weight 500 kg (1,100 lb)
Fuel Elf
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Data General Team Tyrrell
Notable drivers 3. United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer
4. France Philippe Streiff
Debut 1987 Brazilian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
16 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Tyrrell DG016 was a Formula One racing car designed by Maurice Philippe and Brian Lisles. It was built and raced by Tyrrell Racing in the 1987 Formula One season, using a customer Cosworth DFZ engine. The "DG" in the car's name was a reference to the team's major sponsor, Data General.

The DG016 made its debut at the opening race of the 1987 Formula One season and would be part of two different championships. For 1987 only there would be the Colin Chapman Trophy (for constructors of cars equipped with naturally aspirated engines). In this championship the Tyrrell DG016 was a major success finishing 1st by over 100 points from the Larrousse-Calmels Team (helped by Tyrrell being the only two car 'atmo' team to run both cars for the entire season). Drivers Jonathan Palmer and Philippe Streiff would have finished on the naturally aspirated podium at all 16 rounds of the season.

The car was also successful in the full Constructors' Championship with 6th place, including points finishes for Palmer in Monaco and Australia, for Streiff in France, and remarkably for both drivers in Germany at the fast Hockenheimring circuit whose long straights did not suit the 'atmo' cars (largely thanks to 13 of the 18 turbo runners failing to finish due to either engine or turbo failure). The result in Germany was even more remarkable considering that Streiff and Palmer qualified 22nd and 23rd respectively, with Streiff 10.912 seconds slower than the pole time set by Nigel Mansell in his Williams-Honda turbo, while the fastest race lap for the DG016, again set by Streiff, was 8.512 seconds slower than Mansell's fastest lap of the race. Despite being significantly slower than the turbos, both Tyrrells only finished one lap behind race winner and 1987 World Champion Nelson Piquet in his Williams-Honda.

These results helped place Tyrrell above such turbo powered teams as Arrows (7th) and Brabham (8th) in the open Constructors' Championship.

The DG016 was replaced for the 1988 Formula One season by the Tyrrell 017.

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
1987 Data General Team Tyrrell Cosworth DFZ
V8 NA
G BRA SMR BEL MON DET FRA GBR GER HUN AUT ITA POR ESP MEX JPN AUS 11 6th
Jonathan Palmer 10 Ret Ret 5 11 7 8 5 7 14 14 10 Ret 7 8 4
Philippe Streiff 11 8 9 Ret Ret 6 Ret 4 9 Ret 12 12 7 8 12 Ret

Colin Chapman Trophy (for constructors of cars equipped with naturally aspirated engines)[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points CCT
1987 Data General Team Tyrrell Cosworth DFZ
V8 NA
G BRA SMR BEL MON DET FRA GBR GER HUN AUT ITA POR ESP MEX JPN AUS 169 1st
Jonathan Palmer 1 Ret Ret 1 1 2 1 2 1 3 3 2 Ret 2 1 1
Philippe Streiff 2 1 2 Ret Ret 1 Ret 1 2 Ret 1 3 2 3 2 Ret

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "STATS F1 • Tyrrell DG016". Statsf1.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23.