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The March 881 was a Formula One racing car designed by Adrian Newey (his first ever F1 car)[1] and raced by March Racing Team in the 1988 season by Italian Ivan Capelli and the debuting Maurício Gugelmin from Brazil. The car's best result was a second place driven by Capelli at the 1988 Portuguese Grand Prix.

March 881
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorMarch Engineering
Designer(s)Adrian Newey
Predecessor871
SuccessorCG891
Technical specifications
ChassisCarbon fibre monocoque
Suspension (front)Double wishbones, pushrods
Suspension (rear)Double wishbones, pullrods
Axle trackFront: 1,778 mm (70.0 in)
Rear: 1,676 mm (66.0 in)
Wheelbase2,855 mm (112.4 in)
EngineJudd CV, 3,496 cc (213.3 cu in), 90° V8, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted,
TransmissionMarch 6-speed manual
Weight500 kg (1,100 lb)
FuelMobil
BP
TyresGoodyear
Competition history
Notable entrantsLeyton House March Racing Team
Notable drivers15. Brazil Maurício Gugelmin
16. Italy Ivan Capelli
Debut1988 Brazilian Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
18000
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

Contents

1988Edit

The March 881 used the then new to Formula One Judd V8 engine, and was consistently the fastest speed trapped 'atmo' car of the 1988 season, with Capelli clocked at a class fastest 312 km/h (194 mph) on the first straight at Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix. Capelli and his March 881 was the only non-turbo car/driver combination in 1988 to actually lead a Grand Prix when he briefly took the lead from Alain Prost in his McLaren-Honda as they crossed the start-finish line on lap 16 of the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. This was also the first time since the 1983 season that a naturally aspirated car had led a Formula One Grand Prix.

Capelli finished the season in 7th place with 17 points, while Gugelmin generally impressed most by finished his debut season in 13th place with 5 points. March finished the year 6th in the Constructors' Championship with 22 points.

1989Edit

With the 1989 car, the CG891, only being completed in time for the Monaco Grand Prix, the team were forced to use the 881 for the first two races of the year, in Brazil and San Marino. Gugelmin drove the 881 to third place at his home race in Brazil, close behind the Ferrari of Nigel Mansell and the McLaren-Honda of Prost. However, these would turn out to be the team's only points of 1989, as the CG891 was off the pace and unreliable.

 
Ivan Capelli driving the March 881 at the 1988 Canadian Grand Prix.

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts. WCC
1988 Leyton House
March Racing Team
Judd CV
V8
G BRA SMR MON MEX CAN DET FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 22 6th
Maurício Gugelmin Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 4 8 5 Ret 8 Ret 7 10 Ret
Ivan Capelli Ret Ret 10 16 5 DNS 9 Ret 5 Ret 3 5 2 Ret Ret 6
1989 Leyton House
March Racing Team
Judd CV
V8
G BRA SMR MON MEX USA CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 4* 12th
Maurício Gugelmin 3 Ret
Ivan Capelli Ret Ret

* All 4 points in 1989 scored using the March 881.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Smith, Damien (February–March 2013). "Hand of the Creator". Road & Track. 64 (6): 64–69.