Lot 266 - 1989 Arrows A11 Formula 1 Racing Car

Lot 266 - 1989 Arrows A11 Formula 1 Racing Car

Lot 266 - 1989 Arrows A11 Formula 1 Racing Car

Lot Number 266
Chassis Number A11-01
Estimate £95,000 - £115,000

The Arrows Grand Prix International team was founded in 1977 by Italian financier Franco Ambrosio, Alan Rees, Jackie Oliver, Dave Wass and Tony Southgate (from whose surnames' initials the team took its name) after Rees, Oliver, Wass and Southgate left the Shadow team. They started in Milton Keynes, and produced their first Formula One car in just 53 days. Arrows signed up Riccardo Patrese who scored points in the US West Grand Prix at Long Beach in the car's third race.  Ambrosio left the team after being jailed for financial irregularities in Italy and Shadow then sued for copyright infringement, claiming that the Arrows FA/1 was just a copy of the Shadow DN9. The team decided to build a new car called the A1 which was completed in 52 days and appeared the day after the High Court in London banned the team from racing the FA/1.

For the team's first season in Formula One, they had signed Swede Gunnar Nilsson to be their first driver. However, he would never get to drive the car, as he contracted a fatal cancer and, sadly, eventually passed away. In 1981, Riccardo Patrese scored the team's only Formula One pole position in Long Beach, which he led until retiring with mechanical problems on lap 33 of 80. Arrows finished joint eighth in the Constructors' Championship that year. In 1984, with BMW M12 turbo engines and sponsorship from cigarette company Barclay, things got much better and they finished ninth in the Constructors' Championship and eighth in 1985. At the 1985 San Marino Grand Prix, Thierry Boutsen finished third behind Alain Prost and Elio de Angelis. However, after the race, Prost was disqualified because their cars were 2 kg underweight, giving Boutsen the second place. In 1987, BMW removed support and the engines were badged Megatron through a deal with Arrows major sponsor USF&G, but the British team had their best seasons yet, finishing sixth in 1987 and fifth in 1988 (the final year for turbocharged engines) thanks to frequent points finishes by drivers Eddie Cheever and Derek Warwick.

Still sponsored by USF&G, the Arrows A11-001 was one the cars with which the Arrows team competed in the 1989 Formula One season and was driven by Derek Warwick.  For the 1990 season, sponsorship changed to Footwork, with Michele Alboreto taking the wheel. Designed by Ross Brawn, the A11 was the first Arrows car following the ban on turbocharged engines at the end of 1988, being fitted with a normally-aspirated 3.5-litre Ford Cosworth DFR V8 engine. It was raced to reasonably good effect by Derek Warwick and Eddie Cheever in 1989, Warwick finishing in the top six on five occasions and briefly challenging for victory in the Canadian Grand Prix, with Cheever finishing third in the United States Grand Prix, held in his home town of Phoenix, Arizona. With 13 points, Arrows placed seventh in the Constructors' Championship. For 1990, the car received minor suspension upgrades and became the A11B, while Italian drivers Alboreto and Alex Caffi replaced Warwick and Cheever. 1990 turned out to be far less successful than 1989, however, as the car failed to qualify seven times and finished in the top six only once, when Caffi took fifth at an attritional race in Monaco. Caffi was also forced to sit out the United States and Spanish races through injury; Germany's Bernd Schneider deputising on both occasions. The two points from Monaco gave Arrows ninth in the Constructors' Championship in that year.

While in the ownership of the vendor, A11-001 has been restored to race ready condition including a full engine rebuild by Langfords of Wellingbourgh. Although the engine has not been started since the rebuild, it has been turned over every few weeks to stop the valve springs losing their tension. This Arrows A11 is supplied with FIA HTP papers so after some preparation the car can be campaigned in the BOSS GP Masters and invitation hill climbs such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

1989 Season
Derek Warwick
Brazil - 5th
San Marino - 5th
Monaco - Ret. Electrics
Mexican - Ret. Electrics
USA - Ret. Accident
Canada - Ret. Engine

Martin Donnelly
France - 12th

Derek Warwick
British - 9th
German - 6th
Hungry - 10th
Belgian - 6th
Italy - Ret. Fuel Feed
Portugal - Ret. Accident
Spain - 9th
Japan - 6th
Australia - Ret. Spun Off

1990 Season
Michele Alboreto
USA - 10th
Brazil - Ret. Suspension
San Marino - DNQ
Monaco - DNQ
Canada - Ret. Accident
Mexican - 17th
France - 10th
British - Ret. Electrics
German - Ret. Engine
Hungry - 12th
Belgian - 13th
Italy - 12th
Portugal - 9th
Spain - 10th
Japan - Ret. Engine
Australia - DNQ

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