Larrousse and Toleman F1 at the Clipsal 500

I’ll round up my coverage of the 2012 Clipsal 500 by taking a quick look at two vintage Formula 1 cars on static display. The thing that makes these cars special is that both of them actually competed at the Adelaide F1 Grand Prix on this circuit back in the day.

The first is this 1985 Toleman TG185. 

Powered by an 800hp Hart 415T inline 4 turbo, this was the last car badged as a Toleman. Major sponsor Benetton bought the team in 1986 and rebranded it Benetton Formula Ltd.

The TG185 wasn’t particularly successful. It’s one major claim to fame was when Teo Fabi qualified it on pole for the 1985 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. He set his time during Friday qualifying, and it rained on Saturday so nobody could better his time. A slipping clutch saw him drop to 10th before the first corner.

This particular chassis was driven in the 1985 Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide by Teo Fabi. Fabi qualified 24th, however retired early on due to a major engine failure.

It looked in amazingly original condition.

You can see the Benetton influences creeping on to the car,

The other car on display was this 1987 Larousse LC87.

Larrousse & Calmels commissioned the car from Lola in the UK. The LC87 chassis was fitted with a naturally aspirated Cosworth DFZ V8 engine, very much a rarity in the hyper-powered turbo era.

Yannick Dalmas drove this very chassis to a 5th place finish in the 1987 Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide.

Interesting to see the Larrousse/Lola running Japanese made SSR wheels.


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