Posted 27 November 2008 - 09:06
Looking for info on the last F1 Zakspeed. The Zakspeed Yamaha 891. I know the engine was lousy but I heard that the chassis was actually pretty good jus that the car was never on the track long enough to develop it?
Also what was actually wrong with the engine apart from it blowing up after 5 seconds?!?!?
I read that it had good top end but no power curve? It was always fastest throught e speed traps in pre-qualifying.
Posted 27 November 2008 - 14:08
I think you're exagerating the short longevity of the Yamaha engines in the Zakspeed...........I once witnessed one lasting more than one lap before dying (but less than two laps). However, I also think you asked a rhetorical question........... If an engine blows after 5 seconds, there is little opportunity for anything else to be 'wrong' with it!
It was sad to see Zakspeed struggling at that time, as his reputation before that, and of course after that time, was notable for extremely competitive and well-engineered machines. I fear the decision to use Yamaha power was forced, firstly by the reluctance of any competetive engine manufacturer to supply the team, and secondly by the Zakspeed preference to 'go it alone'.
Posted 28 November 2008 - 08:30
Posted 01 December 2008 - 08:28
Was a shame as it ruined Bernd Scneiders F1 career.
Posted 01 December 2008 - 08:51
Posted 01 December 2008 - 09:02
Yamaha returned to F1 1991 with the OX99 V12 for Brabham, scoring 3 points. Same engine was used by Jordan in 1992, before John Judd got involved to produce the OX10A V10 engine, a development (the OX11) of which nearly won the 1997 Hungarian GP in the back of Damon Hill's Arrows.