March Engineering was a British manufacturer of racing cars for various classes such as Formula 1, Formula 2, Formula 3, CanAm sports car and Champ Car.
- 2.3.1 1987
- 2.3.2 1988-1990
- 2.3.3 1991
- 2.4.1 1992
- 2.4.2 1993
- 3.1 1970
- 3.2 1971
- 3.3 1974
- 3.4 1975
- 3.5 1977
- 4.1 Formula 3
- 4.2 Formula 2
- 4.3 Formula 3000
- 4.4 Champ Car Series
March Engineering as a racing car manufacturers
The company March Engineering was founded in 1969 by four ambitious Formula 1 experts: Max Mosley (M ) was the financial adviser of the team, Alan Rees ( R) of the Sports Director, Graham Coaker (C ) is responsible for producing and Robin Herd (H ) the designer. The initials of their surnames, supplemented by an "A" for the driver ( Chris Amon ), March were assembled into the name. One British documentation According to Max Mosley had at that time decided for another anagram: Charm. He was however overruled by the other founders.
March Engineering was operating the first year on multiple fronts. A major pillar was the production of race cars racing in different classes, which sold to customer teams or directly to competitors, were occasionally rented. In addition, March Engineering to operate its own team in Formula 1, the Max Mosley headed. Here competed March as a works team with client teams, which also inserting March cars. In smaller race classes March entertained not consistently a private racing team; in Formula 2, for example, was the case only until 1982. In addition, March chose regularly from a particularly powerful customer team, earned its status. In Formula 2, this was, for example, from 1983 Onyx Grand Prix, a little later in the Formula 3000 the Italian team First Racing.
March vehicles were used in large numbers: put in just the first 20 years of its existence, the company nearly 1500 race car manufactures.
The versatility of the company ensured that March Engineering was active on many occasions and in many classes and had success. On the other hand, the development and production department was overwhelmed early on with the task of building different race cars for different classes. When Robin Herd anyway the formula had two primary importance, since money was through numerous customer teams. This meant that the complex formula 1 was increasingly neglected. Soon, the car used in Formula 1 were nothing more than derivatives of the respective Formula 2 cars. This March was the meaning of the formula 1 is not just what was documented, particularly in slowing the team's success in this racing class.
Gradually, the founding members got out. Max Mosley left the company in late 1977, after the Formula 1 activities had always been less successful. 1981 was only retained by the original founders, Robin Herd, who focused mainly on the formula 2.
Until 1988, March racing cars for the Formula 3 ago. After a merger with Ralt took place, which were successful in this class with more modern know-how. The merger took advantage ultimately nothing; in the 1990s, March was completely replaced in the Formula 3 Dallara. Similar development in Formula 3000 from 1990, the car of Reynard clearly dominated. ; 1991 drove almost the whole field of Formula 3000 with Reynard vehicles. March retreated then returned by this terrain.
Robin Herd had separated in 1988 from March Engineering. He founded a new company, which established in 1991 to 1994, among other Formula 1 cars for the team Larrousse.
Regarding the nomenclature of March vehicles receive:
- Usually, the car of March wore a three-digit type code. The first two digits indicated the year in which the car was designed, the last digit standing for the formula for which it was designed. A March 701, therefore, was a 1970 Formula 1 car built, a March 712 was a Formula 2 car of 1971, a March 733 was a Formula 3 car, 1973 Racecar etc. Some also wore an X or a G in the Annex; so special developments were identified. Sports Prototype Sports Car Championship and the World Sportscar Championship have the extension p Außgenommen the vehicles developed in the Group C era, the continuously received a G. For the Monopostos the CART series the ending C was reserved.
- For the cars in Formula 3000, the nomenclature has been changed: The car wore this particular after the vintage indication regularly a B as an identifying mark ( March 85B, etc.).
- A special position took the March 87P. It was a 1987 built for the Formula 3000 car ( ie a March 87B ), which was rebuilt as a single piece for a single use in Formula 1.
- Another special vehicle was the March 2-4-0. It was a unique piece from the year 1977. It attacked the year before attained by Tyrrell idea of a racing car with three axes ( and six wheels ) on. Unlike in the case of the Tyrrell P34 of March 2-4-0, however, had a front and two rear axles. The Sechsradwagen was never used in a Formula 1 race. Roy Lane used it occasionally in mountain races and was with him in difficult weather conditions again prevail.
The March factory team in Formula 1
The March - engineering era
March Engineering was talking 1970-1977 its own team in Formula 1 The work team was mostly, but not always reported under the name of March Engineering. In addition, it was common at that time, to have a driving for the factory team drivers, who brought their own sponsor compete under the name of the sponsor. In 1970 he published, for example, a March 701 with Mario Andretti for the team "STP Corporation ". In fact Andretti moving a cart of March works team, whose use was also organized by the work team; the different name should only give the sponsor validity. For this procedure, which caused confusion for some users, there were up to 1976 more examples.
March was one of the teams that discovered young talent, but they could not keep. These talented drivers, the later the March team left and Grand Prix Stars were gehörte'unter including Niki Lauda, who to BRM and then migrated to the Scuderia Ferrari; Furthermore, Ronnie Peterson or François Cevert, in training for the U.S. Grand Prix died tragically in 1973.
In the first Formula 1 season March had to compete against established teams like Lotus, Brabham, BRM, Ferrari and Tyrrell. The March 701 was a compact, conventional car without special technical features. It was equipped with a Cosworth DFV engine. The budget of the factory team was very scarce. As a driver, Chris Amon and Jo Siffert were reported, in addition continued the work team to each race and a car for Mario Andretti one who started but under the name of his sponsor, STP Corporation.
Chris Amon drove in the 1970 season, a number of second and third places, but could not win a World Championship race. Although there was a start - to-finish victory of Chris Amon at the BRDC International Trophy at Silverstone; However, this race did not count for the World Cup.
The best results with a March did not achieve the factory team, but the customer team Tyrrell that a March 701 began in the first half of the season, Tyrrell driver Jackie Stewart was the first use of the 701 at the South African Grand Prix from pole position and was in the race of others; the following race, the Spanish Grand Prix, won Stewart. Later Tyrrell established a self-construction. The results of Tyrrell, however, were credited in the Constructors 'Championship March Engineering, so March in his first Formula 1 season already third in the constructors' championship behind Lotus and Ferrari, but before Brabham, McLaren and BRM had.
Although the budget was very tight, Robin Herd was able to build in collaboration with Frank Costin in 1971 for a new car, the March 711, he attracted special attention due to its oval front wing. The work team performed under the name "STP March Racing Team " and sat Ronnie Peterson, Andrea de Adamich and Alex Soler- Roig a, later Nanni Galli was added as a fourth driver. As a Cosworth DFV engine, eight-cylinder was provided regularly. In some European races, however, the three individual plant - March with an eight-cylinder Alfa Romeo were fitted, was the sports car Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 removed. Driver of the March - Alfa were Nanni Galli, Andrea de Adamich and sometimes Ronnie Peterson. The March with Alfa engines came only three times to the finish; Championship points were not achieved.
Overall, the March team was überforderdert financially and logistically with the use of four working vehicles and two different drive concepts. The fact that the team could bring in a total of 33 championship points, is mainly due to the dedicated efforts of Ronnie Peterson. He reached a total of four second places, but could not retract victory. Very briefly, in a victory over Peterson went to the Grand Prix of Italy at Monza, when he was only 0.01 seconds behind Peter Gethin on BRM crossed the finish line.
In 1972 the factory team Max Mosley and Robin Herd was conducted after Alan Rees and Graham Coaker changed to Shadow was killed in an accident. This season, the STP March Racing Team joined with Ronnie Peterson and Niki Lauda as factory riders. The work team was in the first race of the season, type a conventional March 721. It was a model that March had intended primarily for customer teams. For his own work team, a modified version was planned with the type designation 721X, which was ready however, until the third race of the season, the Spanish Grand Prix at Jarama. Of 721X using the conventional monocoque 721, but had a significantly altered suspension geometry. The rear springs were highly articulated and were operated by cranks and levers. Robin Herd was on the advice of Peterson, the new car also build with a supplied by Alfa Romeo gearbox. Characterized the motor moved more to the center of the carriage. The aim of the measures was the vehicle weight to be concentrated in the center of the car. The new weight distribution was not suitable for the Goodyear tires used now. The concept of 721X proved in practice to be highly problematic. The vehicle was hardly tune, overtaxed the front tires and responded to the track with considerable oversteer.
The March 1972 721X should finally make the big breakthrough in the season, but just the opposite occurred. The car proved to be complicated in the very first race as a failure, because Peterson was faster even with the driver of a private rented simpler version 721G customers. The problems could not be solved because Peterson was a very talented driver, but the car could not be perfectly matched. Therefore He even befriended some extent with the car; Niki Lauda, however, described the March 721X after a first attempt as impassable.
In the period following March then developed a simpler model, the March 721G. He had little to do technically with the 721X, rather it was based on the successful Formula 2 car March 722, the basic design was adapted only to the needs of the formula 1. Since the 721G set all Formula 1 cars from March to 771 mere modifications of the Formula 2 models dar. The suffix " G " at 721G refers to the Guinness Book of World Records. March got here for the 721G one entry, since the car had been developed in a record time of just nine days. The first 721G was delivered on the occasion of the Grand Prix of Monaco on the private team of Mike Beuttler; from the French Grand Prix also received the factory driver Lauda and Peterson a 721G. Peterson was with the 721G third in the Grand Prix of Germany. He scored a total of 12 championship points for the factory team, Lauda no one championship point. March Engineering finished the season in sixth place in the constructors' championship (12 points from the factory drivers Peterson, 3 championship points by private drivers ).
At the end of the drivers left the team. Niki Lauda went to BRM, Ronnie Peterson Lotus. March Engineering as well as the works team finished the season with financial difficulties. The decision to build in a year, three fundamentally different vehicles for Formula 1 - 721, 721X and 721G - had greatly burdened the company. The outlook for the 1973 season, therefore, were not encouraging.
After the end of the 1972 season left next to the drivers a number of important collaborators, the company: team manager Alan Rees founded along with Don Nichols the team Shadow Racing Cars.
In 1973 the factory team was struck organizationally and financially. It was with Jean -Pierre Jarier only a works driver, who was replaced by Henri Pescarolo to each race. While a car has been reported with the model 731, which carried a new label. In fact, it was slightly modified 721G. A work car was eventually sold to the team Hesketh Racing, which put him in the course of the season with James Hunt. Hunt was thus second in the Grand Prix of the United States, a wet race. This championship points that have been attributed in the Constructors' Championship March Engineering, attended essential that March ended the year as the fifth best designer.
For the 1974 season, the known construction has been modified once more. The Formula 1 cars were now called March 741, joined the team now, after the sponsor STP had withdrawn, again under the name of March Engineering. As a factory driver Hans- Joachim Stuck and Howden Ganley were reported, the latter, however, was replaced for financial reasons after just two races by Vittorio Brambilla, who brought generous sponsor funds from Beta Utensili. Stuck, who also moved a March in Formula 2, drove over the entire season, with the exception of the Grand Prix of Sweden, where unique Pure Wisell went in his place. Stuck scored five championship points, a Brambilla. As a result, March Engineering joined the championship in 1974 as ninth. Stuck however, had made through his work for March considerable impression. His success in Formula 2 at the sold-out Hockenheimring earned him the unofficial title of King of Hockenheim.
The 1975 season started the now "Beta Team March" called factory team with Vittorio Brambilla and a March 751, which was a further modification of the contemporary Formula 2 cars of March. From the third race of the season Brambilla was replaced by Lella Lombardi. Since the Grand Prix of England then drove Hans-Joachim Stuck again for March, so the factory team in the second half of the season began three vehicles. Lella Lombardi finished sixth in the Grand Prix of Spain. So she was the first woman who scored a World Championship point in a Formula 1 World Championship race. Brambilla also drove dedicated race. At the Grand Prix of Sweden, he scored the pole position and led the race until the brakes subsided. A little later Brambilla won the wet race at the Grand Prix of Austria in Zeltweg. He scored the first victory for a used factory March in a Formula 1 World Championship race. Since the race was abandoned, the team was of course only half the score. Overall March ended the season with 7.5 points as eighth in the constructors' championship. This represented almost one-tenth of the points that had the winner in the Constructors' Championship, the Scuderia Ferrari achieved.
For the 1976 season, Robin Herd created the March 761, a largely modified car, which was far beyond the year 1976 also conducts many customer teams. In Vittorio Brambilla drove factory team for another season; he has been reported with the "Beta Team March". In the first race Lella Lombardi appeared at his side, but she was replaced for the second race of Ronnie Peterson, who returned to the team and has been reported as " March Engineering ". Hans -Joachim Stuck drove a third car ( also for " March Engineering " ), and Arturo Merzario moved the fourth plant - March, which was reported for the " Ovoro Team March". Ronnie Peterson reached the best results for the factory team. He led in the course of the season in some races, different but often with mechanical problems from. Importantly for the team was his victory at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.
1977 should be the last season for the factory team from March Engineering. When drivers were Alex Ribeiro and Ian Scheckter, the brother of Jody Scheckter called. A single race also drove Hans -Joachim Stuck. The team largely vehicles of the type 761B a modified car from last year, which showed problems when tuning and the car's balance in cooperation with Goodyear tires. In the Belgian Grand Prix first appeared in a March 771, a one-off, made no impression and was retained in the subsequent race in favor of the 761B. From the Grand Prix of the Netherlands Scheckter moved throughout the March 771, while Ribeiro remained with the 761B. Overall, the team was able to achieve a single championship point this season. It was the worst year for the March factory team. The Italian racer Arturo Merzario, who for his private team a process called March 761B vehicle began this year - in fact it was a March 751, which had subsequently received the body parts of the 761B - until the summer of 1977 was often significantly faster than the plant - March and was repeated in front of the factory riders in the race.
At the beginning of March Engineering had developed the March 2-40. Similar to Williams F1 March tried to copy the transitional six-wheeled Tyrrell P34 successful concept of the mid -1970s. The March 2-4-0 1977 transformed this idea as well as Patrick Head from: Instead of a double -arm front axle as in Tyrrell a double drive axle should improve traction. With the regulations related ban of three vehicle axes completed this innovation that was able to convince at least at Williams within testing.
At the end of the season left Max Mosley, the former head of Formula 1 factory teams, March Engineering. He was involved with Bernie Ecclestone in the Formula One Constructors Association. The March - team was closed, ATS Racing Team took over essential pieces of equipment. Robin stove designed for the German team then the ATS HS1, a racing car, which was still based on structures of Penske PC4 and took up with the ATS in many races of the 1978 season. March Engineering focused in the following years in the production of racing cars for smaller classes.
As of the 1978 season, there was no factory appearance by March Engineering in the Formula 1 World Championship more. Although Robin Herd had developed a car called the March 781. This car was, however, used only in the Aurora series, a British championship after Formula 1 regulations, RAM Racing for Guy Edwards. RAM was considering to use the car at the British Grand Prix in the Formula 1 World Championship; However, nothing came of it for financial reasons.
1981: The cooperation with RAM
In the 1981 season, the name first appeared in March again in the Formula 1 World Championship. This project was, however, legally and organizationally nothing to do with March Engineering. Rather, it was a joint venture between the British team and RAM Racing March Grand Prix, a company founded by Robin Herd purpose- independent companies. The aim of the project was to permanently establish the for many years active as a private team racing RAM ( Motorsport) in Formula 1. March Grand Prix developed specifically for this purpose a Formula 1 car, which was designed by Adrian Reynard significantly and the Williams FW07 greatly resembled. The car was built in March engines, another independent company that belonged to Robin Herd. The finished cars that bore the name of Ram March 811, were then supplied to RAM Racing, where the race in the 1981 season was autonomously organized and carried out. After one year, the cooperation of RAM Racing March and ended again. The cars were called to 1983 continue RAM - March, but were designed and built since 1982 in full by RAM Racing. For the details see RAM Racing.
1987-1991: The Leyton House - era
Another involvement in Formula 1 began in 1987. Shortly after the beginning of the project the team was taken over by the previous sponsor Leyton House. Leyton House was a Japanese company in the publishing industry, which was led by Akira Akagi. During this time, the team was able to show some impressive performances. They were due in part to a solid financing by Leyton House; other hand, the technical designers of the team repeated to develop high-performance cars. By 1990, Adrian Newey was responsible for the development of racing cars, from the summer of 1990 took Gustav Brunner technical responsibility.
The initiative for the re-entry into Formula 1 came from Robin Herd. The background to this was the expectation that the operation of a Formula 1 teams should be cost-effective through the 1989 effective prohibition of turbo engines. A number of other companies shared this assessment and founded in the late 1980s is also a Formula 1 team. These included, for example, AGS, Coloni, Larrousse, also the British racing car manufacturer Lola, who collaborated for several years with Larrousse, and the Italian competitor Dallara, who worked with the BMS Scuderia Italia (BMS / Brescia Motorsport).
For the first race of the 1987 season Robin hearth planned Formula 1 car was not ready yet; therefore put the team in Brazil once the model a March 87P. It was a car that was designed for the F3000 and only superficially adapted the Formula 1 regulations. From the second race of the season at Imola the new Formula 1 model 871 was available. Driver was Ivan Capelli, who had been active in the previous year at AGS. The season was - by the standards of a new team - quite successfully; March closed the year, which was still dominated by the turbo - teams from a championship point as an equal eleventh in the constructors' championship.
In the years 1988 to 1991, the team operated under the name Leyton House. Between 1988 and 1990 Akagi put much money into the team, which achieved some pleasing results in the sequence. In particular, he was at Ilmor design a potent ten-cylinder engine, which brought the team far forward.
In autumn 1991 there was a detachment of the British March teams of its Japanese owner. Background were criminal entanglements of Akira Akagi. During the work-up of the process of team regained its independence.
In September 1991, Akira Akagi was arrested in Japan for suspected fraud. Akagi was part of a financial scandal at the Fuji Bank, of which Japan was shaken in 1991. In the following weeks Akagi renounced his shares in the Leyton House team. After the arrest Akagis the team stood on their own feet, but had only a weak financial base. The team was taken over by the British Leyton House of Representatives Ken Marrable and Dutchman Henny Vollberg. Akagi had the end of 1991 - ceded rights to the Ilmor engine to the March team - until now lying with him. The team leader financed the upcoming season essentially in that the rights to Ilmor were sold back. The daily business is also taken in this time of Gustav Brunner, who had joined as a designer to the team in October 1989. In the last two races of the year for the first time Karl Wendlinger appeared in Formula 1 when he replaced the regular driver Ivan Capelli Leyton House at.
March F1: independence and economic problems
In the 1992 season the team since 1987 appeared the first time under the name of March F1. As a car the previous year's vehicles were reported. Although Gustav Brunner had begun to develop a new model called CG921; the work had to be adjusted but given the lack of financial resources. During the season, the vehicles had to repeatedly be repaired, where Gustav Brunner was going on with a lot of fantasy: A damaged subfloor, for which there was no substitute, for example, was repeatedly patched with putty. The team's riders were initially Wendlinger and Frenchman Paul Belmondo, the son of the actor Jean -Paul Belmondo. Both drivers brought with money; Wendlinger example, financed its operations through advances on his salary for the 1993 season, which he received from the Sauber F1 Team. Karl Wendlinger drove with a fourth place at the Grand Prix of Canada, the best result of the teams. However, he was later replaced for financial reasons by the Dutchman Jan Lammers, who had already driven his last Formula 1 race in 1982 with Theodore Racing. Paul Belmondo was less successful. He could in 11 attempts and scored only five times qualify no championship points. From the Grand Prix of Belgium continued the Italian Emanuele Naspetti debutant, who also import any countable results in his place. A special feature was that March F1 the name Rial brought back in the summer of 1992 back into Formula 1, as a large up posters on the sidepods sponsor of the team.
For 1993, Henny Vollberg trying to make the team again at the start. The team announced in time for the World Cup and received the starting number 17 ( for Jan Lammers ) and 18 ( for Jean -Marc Gounon ). However, lack of funds and especially the infrastructure. Gustav Brunner was changed at start of season 1993 Minardi. New cars there was not - Brunner's design for a CG931 existed only on paper, but many of his ideas were later implemented as Minardi M193 -, and also lacked the engines. Ilmor existed before new engines have been delivered, on the payment of any invoice from the previous year. Nevertheless March F1 shipped the cars - old 911 models - as well as the remaining material to South Africa for the opening race. Also Lammers and Gounon arrived on the scene. However, no engines were to continue to receive, and the team management did not have enough money to raise the material in the South African Customs. Therefore, March F1 closed in March 1993 the gates. The team was liquidated in September 1993, most of the equipment went to full mountain Formula 3000 team called Vortex.
The Private Teams
March built in every racing class - in Formula 1 - the so-called customer cars, ie vehicles that have been taken over by private racers or independent teams and used independently. Such private teams were in the early 1970s still common, later they were reduced significantly, and after 1982 no private Formula 1 teams were more represented. Most private teams drove only single race.
- Tyrrell began in the first race of the 1970 season, type a March 701 for Jackie Stewart before their own cars were available. Stewart won the second race of the season.
- Frank Williams Racing Cars sold in the first race of 1971, an initially a March 701B and later, with the start of European World Cup races, a March 711 Cosworth DFV Achtylinder, before their car, which bore the name of the sponsor Politoys completed, had. Driver of the team was Henri Pescarolo. The March 701 was reported at the Grand Prix of France once more, this time for the local driver Jean Max
- The American team Gunston continued occasionally a March 701 for John Love. The team held next is also a private Brabham BT26, which was driven at the Grand Prix of South Africa from the local hero Jackie Pretorius.
- Gene Mason Racing continued at the Monaco Grand Prix, the Grand Prix of the Netherlands, the Grand Prix of Canada and the U.S. Grand Prix a March 711 for a Skip Barber. Barber each could not qualify; but in Canada, he moved up to the starting line because two qualified drivers could not start the race due to engine damage. Barber fell after 15 laps with engine failure from itself.
- The Jo Siffert Racing Team announced for the Grand Prix of France a March 710 for Francois Mazet, who qualified as the third last and the last one ran to the finish with five laps behind.
- The pilot Mike Beuttler reported for his private, named after the sponsors Clarke - Mordaunt- Guthrie team to several races of the 1971 season a March 711
- A team called the Shell Arnold reported to the Italian Grand Prix, a March 701 for Jean -Pierre Jarier. Jarier qualified as the last of the race and ran with 8 laps down finish last. Because of the large backlog he has not scored.
- Hesketh Racing began in 1974 a March 731 in the first race of the season for James Hunt and Ian Scheckter before their own, designed by Harvey Postlethwaite vehicles were ready for the type 308.
- The team Dempster International joined with Mike Wilds and a March 731 at the Grand Prix of England 1974. Wilds was second to last in qualifying and could not qualify for the race.
- The Team Penske continued for Mark Donohue temporarily a March 751 a after the private vehicles of the type PC01 had not proved to be competitive. The March 751 was the car in which Donohue crashed at warm-up for the Grand Prix from 1975 as a result of a tire defect. Donohue died several days later from his injuries. The team followed the March 751 not again.
- The team Williams Grand Prix Engineering contested the 1977 season consistent with a March 761 For the team it was a start-up from the late 1976, which is not the same as operating in the 1969 to 1976 by Frank Williams Frank Williams team Racing Cars. Frank Williams had his original team in 1976 sold to Walter Wolf, who had renamed it in 1977 in Walter Wolf Racing. The Start-up operation Frank Williams, first as a customer team; Driver was the Belgian Patrick Neve, who has been linked to a year later with the Willi Kauhsen Racing Team. Williams began a car that the name March was 761. In the biography " Frank Williams - the man behind the cars" by Maurice Hamilton, however, Frank Williams suggests that it was in the car for a 1974 built and since then repeatedly used March 741, which has been updated to the level of the 1976 model subsequently had.
- The rider Brett Lunger began in 1977 a number of European races in 1977 a privately March 761 a. The team was initially Chesterfield Racing, but was renamed after a change of sponsor in BS Fabrications. BS Fabrications operation later own team and considered for 1981 to build their own cars, which should be used with Riccardo Zunino in the Formula 1 World Championship.
- RAM Racing began two March 761 consecutively for Boy Hayje, Michael Blekemolen, Mikko Kozarowitsky and Andy Sutcliffe at the European race of the Formula 1 season. The driver usually could not qualify. An exception was Boy Hayjes use in the Belgian Grand Prix, where he went into the race as the last and the last to finish the race. Given a residue of seven laps, he was not considered.
- Arturo Merzario set a March 1977 761B for his private team one that took up to individual European World Championship races. The March 761B was used as a template for Merzarios 1978 imagined car Merzario A1, of the supposedly two copies were made . In fact, only the Merzario A1/01 a newly established car; the Merzario A1/02, however, was the March 1977 used 761, which only experienced a few external changes and was given a new name in the rest.
- Onyx Grand Prix began in the 1982 season with five European a March 822 for the Spanish private driver Emilio de Villota one. In fact, it was in the car to a car that had, apart from his name has nothing to do with March Engineering; rather it was another of RAM ( Motorsport) made car. In this case it was the last use of private cars in the history of Formula 1
March racing cars for other series
In the 1970s and 1980s, the Formula 3 vehicles were represented and successfully from March in almost all national racing series as well as in the European Championships. At the end of the 1981 season March discontinued the production of Formula 3 Fahrzeugem after Michele Alboreto and Mauro Baldi last on March 3 vehicles formula had become European Champion (in each case used by the Italian team Racing Euro ). Race car for this class were then produced predominantly by Dallara and Ralt, even if older March models were brought well into the 1980s by private riders at the start. March early 1988 took over the competitors Ralt, with which it is again operated the Formula 3.
For Formula 2 March presented 1970-1984 before new annual types of racing cars, which were used (up to 1982) of its own factory team, but were next supplied to countless customer teams. Numerous cars were passed from team to team and were sometimes in use for years. In the equipment of customer teams competing in March primarily with Lola and Ralt; smaller manufacturers such as AGS, Mason, Spirit or Toleman, who occasionally charges also vehicles to private drivers, played only a minor role on the chassis sector.
The vehicles of March were very successful in Formula 2. A number of pilots won the championship with March racing cars:
After the end of the formula 2 March also provided cars for the from 1985 conducted Formula 3000 Championship ago. Competitors were here first turn Lola and Ralt; from 1990, the series was then dominated by Reynard, so that as of 1992, no other type of vehicle - and thus no March - in Formula 3000 was to find more. As of 1996, Lola the unit chassis for the Formula 3000 ago.
The following riders won de Championships in March - vehicle:
Champ Car Series
In the 1980s, Robin Herd focused intensively on the American Cart series, where March five times in succession, the Indianapolis 500 won:
Data for the F1
- Established: 1970 by Max Mosley, Alan Rees, Graham Coaker and Robin Herd
- Last race: GP Australia 1992
- GP Appearances: 230
- Pole positions: 5
- Wins: 3
- Points: 173.5
- First win: Spain GP 1970 ( Jackie Stewart, who took not for the factory team, but the customer team Tyrrell )
- Last Win: GP Italy 1976 ( Ronnie Peterson )
- Fastest laps: 7
- First fastest race lap: GP Belgium 1970 ( Chris Amon )
- Last fastest lap of the race: GP France 1989 ( Maurício Gugelmin )