Zakspeed 871

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Zakspeed 871
Zakspeed 871.JPG
Category Formula One
Constructor Zakspeed
Designer(s) Chris Murphy
Heinz Zollner
Predecessor 861
Successor 881
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Carbon fibre Monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbones, pullrods
Suspension (rear) Double wishbones, pullrods
Axle track Front: 1,800 mm (71 in)
Rear: 1,670 mm (66 in)
Wheelbase 2,800 mm (110 in)
Engine Zakspeed 1500/4 1,495 cc (91.2 cu in), Straight 4, turbo (4.0 Bar limited), mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Hewland / Zakspeed 6-speed manual
Weight 560 kg (1,230 lb)
Fuel Wintershall / Castrol
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants West Zakspeed Racing
Notable drivers 9. United Kingdom Martin Brundle
10. Germany Christian Danner
Debut 1987 San Marino Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
15 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Zakspeed 871 was a Formula One car designed by Chris Murphy and Heinz Zollner and raced by Zakspeed in the 1987 Formula One season. The car was powered by the team's own 1.5 litre, 1500/4 straight 4 turbo engine, which was rated at about 820 bhp (611 kW; 831 PS) for the season.[2] Martin Brundle had moved after 3 years at Tyrrell to be Zakspeed's lead driver, in a virtual driver swap with Jonathan Palmer, who had left Zakspeed after two seasons to drive for Tyrrell. Brundle was joined by former Formula 3000 champion Christian Danner, who had moved from Arrows.

After using the 861 for the first race in Brazil, the 871 made its debut in Brundle's hands at the San Marino Grand Prix where he qualified 15th and scored 2 points for finishing 5th. This happened to be the only time that Zakspeed would ever score a point during their time in Formula One.

The 871 was replaced for the 1988 season by the team's last ever turbo car, the Zakspeed 881 which would be again powered by the team's own turbocharged engine.

The team's main sponsor was German tobacco company West.

Complete Formula One results[edit]


Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1987 West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 1500/4
S4 tc
Martin Brundle 5 Ret 7 Ret Ret NC NC Ret DSQ Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret
Christian Danner Ret EX 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7


  1. ^ "STATS F1 • Zakspeed 871". Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  2. ^ "Zakspeed F1 Engines at". Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  • Roebuck, Nigel; Henry, Alan (1988). Grand Prix World Formula One Championship 1987/88. Garry Sparke & Associates. ISBN 0-908081-27-8.