Wolf WR8

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Wolf WR8
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The Wolf WR8.
Category Formula One
Constructor Walter Wolf Racing
Designer(s) Harvey Postlethwaite
Predecessor Wolf WR7
Successor Wolf WR9
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Aluminium monocoque, with engine as a fully stressed member.
Engine Ford Cosworth DFV 2,993 cc (182.6 cu in) 90° V8, naturally aspirated, mid-mounted.
Transmission Hewland TL 200 5-speed manual gearbox, with Borg & Beck clutch.
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Walter Wolf Racing
Notable drivers United Kingdom James Hunt
Finland Keke Rosberg
Debut 1979 United States Grand Prix West
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
6 0 0 0
n.b. Unless otherwise stated, all data refer to
Formula One World Championship Grands Prix only.

The Wolf WR8 was a Formula One car for selected races of the 1979 season. Their drivers were 1976 champion James Hunt and Keke Rosberg. The engine was a Ford Cosworth DFV.

The car was designed by Harvey Postlethwaite, previously responsible for the Hesketh 308 in which Hunt won his first race.

Hunt first drove the WR8 in the United States Grand Prix West and retired with transmission failure. The 1976 champion had an accident at the Belgian Grand Prix before walking out of Formula One after the Monaco Grand Prix. Keke Rosberg took over his drive for the remainder of the season, The Finn first drove the WR8 at the French Grand Prix and finished ninth. The Finnish driver suffered engine failures at the German Grand Prix and Italian Grand Prix. The WR8's final race was the United States Grand Prix where Rosberg caught up with Didier Pironi's Tyrrell and tried to overtake on the inside. He could not hold his line, and when he slid wide and took the Tyrrell with him. Pironi was able to continue, but Rosberg retired with a damaged gearbox.

At the end of the 1979 Formula One season, Walter Wolf, owner of the team, pulled out of Formula One and sold the assets of his organisation to Wilson and Emerson Fittipaldi for the use of their Fittipaldi Automotive team.

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

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

Year Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points WCC
James Hunt Ret Ret
Keke Rosberg 9 Ret Ret Ret


  1. ^ "Wolf WR8". statsf1.com. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 

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