The Minardi M195 was a Formula One car designed by Aldo Costa for Minardi team for the 1995 Formula One season. The number 24 seat was taken by Luca Badoer, with Pierluigi Martini in the number 23 seat. However, he was dropped before the German Grand Prix and his seat was taken by Pedro Lamy. The team's test driver was Giancarlo Fisichella.
|Chassis||Carbon fibre monocoque|
|Suspension (front)||Double wishbones, pushrod|
|Suspension (rear)||Double wishbones, pushrod|
|Engine||1995: mid-engine, longitudinally mounted, 2,994 cc (182.7 cu in), Ford ED, 75° V8, NA|
1996: mid-engine, longitudinally mounted, 2,994 cc (182.7 cu in), Ford ED2/ED3, 75° V8, NA
|Transmission||Minardi / XTrac 6-speed semi-automatic|
|Notable entrants||Minardi Scuderia Italia|
|Notable drivers|| Pierluigi Martini|
|Debut||1995 Brazilian Grand Prix|
Mugen-Honda legal caseEdit
The M195 had been designed to fit a Mugen-Honda engine, as Minardi had been expecting to run Mugen-Honda engines during the 1995 season. A last-minute decision from Mugen to supply Ligier left Minardi struggling to adapt their car to take a Ford Motor Company ED engine. Giancarlo Minardi, the team's owner, threatened legal action over the affair. Minardi stated, "We are very proud because we have had to design two different cars in the time normally needed to do just one. There was an agreement with Mugen Co. Ltd. but this was not respected."
Minardi won the lawsuit, but damages were not awarded. The court ruled that the deal between Minardi and Mugen was "reaching a point of mutual agreement so that it was legitimate to expect that the contract would have been effectively concluded." Minardi appealed the absence of damages and in a counter-move, Flavio Briatore (Ligier's owner at the time) had Minardi's equipment seized at the French Grand Prix due to Minardi owing one of his companies money for their engine deal from 1993. The matter was settled out of court. The money Minardi owed was forgotten and Briatore paid $1 million to Minardi to compensate them for the loss of the Mugen-Honda engines.
The car was upgraded for 1996, with the main visible difference being higher cockpit sides per new rules on driver safety. Pedro Lamy took seat 20; Giancarlo Fisichella, then Tarso Marques, and finally Giovanni Lavaggi took seat 21. The M195B scored no championship points.
Complete Formula One resultsEdit
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- "Minardi takes legal action against Mugen Honda". GrandPrix.com. 1995-01-30. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
- "Minardi's miracle car". GrandPrix.com. 1995-03-13. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
- "Minardi's moral victory". GrandPrix.com. 1995-06-12. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
- "Minardi and Briatore settle engine dispute". GrandPrix.com. 1995-07-17. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
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