Ferrari F1 640
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|Auto racing||Formula One|
|Automotive design||John Barnard|
|Chassis||Carbon fiber Monocoque|
|Suspension (front)||double wishbones, pushrod|
|Suspension (rear)||double wishbones, pushrod|
|Internal combustion engine||Ferrari Tipo 034 V12 engine (65°) Naturally aspirated|
|Transmission (mechanics)||Ferrari 7-speed semi-automatic|
|Tire||Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company|
|Notable entrants||Scuderia Ferrari SpA|
|Notable drivers|| 27. Nigel Mansell|
28. Gerhard Berger
|Debut||1989 Brazilian Grand Prix|
The car was designed by John Barnard, and it was the first Ferrari he was responsible for designing. It sported a sharp nose, with a narrow monocoque and bulging side-pods designed to house the radiators with maximum aerodynamic efficiency. The 640 was powered by Ferrari's own 3.5 Litre V12 engine which produced up to 660Horsepower, a fine effort considering that it was the team's first Naturally aspirated engine for almost a decade. However, the transmission it was mated to attracted more attention, as it contained the very first Semi-automatic transmission gearbox seen in F1. In its first season, it proved to be very unreliable, and hampered Ferrari's efforts throughout the year. However, such gearboxes would become the norm by the mid-1990s. Much of the development work was conducted by test driver Roberto Moreno during the winter season.
The car won its debut race, despite fears of unreliability and underwent a number of minor modifications that allowed Mansell and Berger to net three wins between them, although the latter failed to finish the first eleven races of the season. The Carbon fiber chassis did prove to be very strong however, and allowed Berger to escape from a fiery high speed crash in 1989 San Marino Grand Prix with only minor burns to his hands and a couple of broken ribs.
A revised version of the 640 appeared at the Mexican Grand Prix with a conventional airbox above and behind the driver's helmet.
The season ended with Mansell 4th, with 38pts, in the Drivers' Championship, and Berger 7th (21pts). Ferrari finished 3rd in the Constructors' Championship, with 59pts.
Complete Formula One results
(F1 driver results legend 2) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)
|1989 Formula One season||Ferrari||Ferrari 640 V12 engine||Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company||1989 Brazilian Grand Prix||1989 San Marino Grand Prix||1989 Monaco Grand Prix||1989 Mexican Grand Prix||1989 United States Grand Prix||1989 Canadian Grand Prix||1989 French Grand Prix||1989 British Grand Prix||1989 German Grand Prix||1989 Hungarian Grand Prix||1989 Belgian Grand Prix||1989 Italian Grand Prix||1989 Portuguese Grand Prix||1989 Spanish Grand Prix||1989 Japanese Grand Prix||1989 Australian Grand Prix||59||3rd|
- Alan Henry (1989). AUTOCOURSE 1989-90. Hazleton Publishing Ltd.. pp. 76, 81. ISBN 0-905138-62-7.