Zakspeed 871

The Zakspeed 871 was a Formula One car designed by Chris Murphy and Heinz Zollner and raced by Zakspeed in the 1987 Formula One season. The car was powered by the team's own 1.5 litre, 1500/4 straight 4 turbo engine, which was rated at about 820 bhp (611 kW; 831 PS) for the season.[2] Martin Brundle had moved after 3 years at Tyrrell to be Zakspeed's lead driver, in a virtual driver swap with Jonathan Palmer, who had left Zakspeed after two seasons to drive for Tyrrell. Brundle was joined by former Formula 3000 champion Christian Danner, who had moved from Arrows.

Zakspeed 871
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CategoryFormula One
ConstructorZakspeed
Designer(s)Chris Murphy
Heinz Zollner
Predecessor861
Successor881
Technical specifications[1]
ChassisCarbon fibre Monocoque
Suspension (front)Double wishbones, pullrods
Suspension (rear)Double wishbones, pullrods
Axle trackFront: 1,800 mm (71 in)
Rear: 1,670 mm (66 in)
Wheelbase2,800 mm (110 in)
EngineZakspeed 1500/4 1,495 cc (91.2 cu in), Straight 4, turbo (4.0 Bar limited), mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
TransmissionHewland / Zakspeed 6-speed manual
Weight560 kg (1,230 lb)
FuelWintershall / Castrol
TyresGoodyear
Competition history
Notable entrantsWest Zakspeed Racing
Notable drivers9. United Kingdom Martin Brundle
10. Germany Christian Danner
Debut1987 San Marino Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
15000
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

After using the 861 for the first race in Brazil, the 871 made its debut in Brundle's hands at the San Marino Grand Prix where he qualified 15th and scored 2 points for finishing 5th. This happened to be the only time that Zakspeed would ever score a point during their time in Formula One.

The 871 was replaced for the 1988 season by the team's last ever turbo car, the Zakspeed 881 which would be again powered by the team's own turbocharged engine.

The team's main sponsor was German tobacco company West.

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 Points WCC
1987 West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 1500/4
S4 tc
G BRA SMR BEL MON DET FRA GBR GER HUN AUT ITA POR ESP MEX JPN AUS 2 10th
Martin Brundle 5 Ret 7 Ret NC NC Ret DSQ Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret
Christian Danner Ret EX 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "STATS F1 • Zakspeed 871". Statsf1.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  2. ^ "Zakspeed F1 Engines at". Gurneyflap.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
Books
  • Roebuck, Nigel; Henry, Alan (1988). Grand Prix World Formula One Championship 1987/88. Garry Sparke & Associates. ISBN 0-908081-27-8.