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Lot 190: Barclay Arrows A8

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

The Arrows A8 was a Formula One car which the Arrows team used to compete in the 1985 and 1986 Formula One seasons. It was powered by the BMW M12turbocharged engine looked after by Swiss engine guru HeiniMader. The A8 placed 8th in the 1985 Constructors' Championship on 14 points which included a third place podium finish for Thierry Boutsen at Imola but was later moved to 2nd when winner Alain Prost's McLaren was disqualified for being underweight. With the development of the A9 well behind schedule the A8 returned again for the 86' season. In total there were just 5 Chassis's produced for the 85/ 86 seasons and were entered in every race. As BMW announced to pull out officially at the end of 1986, the Arrows team brokered a deal with support from its primary sponsor, USF&G, to continue the use of the upright BMW engines under the name of its subsidiary Megatron, Inc., founded by long-time F1 aficionado John J. Schmidt, who coined the phrase Horse racing may have been the sport of kings, but auto racing is the sport of corporations. The engines were serviced by Heini Mader from Switzerland, the former mechanic of Jo Siffert. Rebadged as Megatron, the BMW engines were used by the Arrows team for the 1987 and 1988 seasons, as well as Ligier for 1987 only. The Megatron programme ended as a result of a change of Formula 1 engine rules which banned turbocharged engines at the end of 1988. The Arrows team reverted to using 3500 cc Ford-Cosworth V8 normally aspirated powerplants for the 1989 season. Chassis A8-01 was new for Boutsen at Rio, the spare for him from Estoril to Spa One and Two, and driven by him again at Kyalami and at Adelaide . Currently fitted with a 1987 Megatron Engine. A8-01 resided in the Jackie Oliver's arrows F1 collection until the current vendor purchased the car. Interested parties should note, the engine case, and transmission case are empty- the drive shaft, intercooler and radiator are fitted.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number190
Estimate£38000-£45000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1985
Condition rating1
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Mileage-
Chassis numberA8-01
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