een talks formula one
timewastingmachine:

Grandstand
Brabham BT55 car #8 Elio de Angelis | 1986 San Marino GP

Get low! This was another of Gordon Murray’s sleak designs for Brabham a la the sensations BT52 and of course the innovative BT46B fan car. Despite it’s good looks it was too ambitious and ultimately failed due to forcing the tall BMW engine to be placed at an angle causing all sorts of drive train, crank shaft and gearbox issues.
This car look familiar? Well it should, because this would inspire Murray, after moving to McLaren a year later, to design arguably the most dominating Formula One car of all time, the McLaren MP4/4.
However, the beautiful BT55 also has a tragic note to it, when beloved Italian Elio de Angelis lost his life after flipping the car during an organised test session due in no small part to a lack of proper marshalling (fellow driver Alan Jones being the first on the scene - there were none stationed around the track) and no on-site helicopter - one had to be phoned in before he could be air some thirty minutes later. Despite only suffering a broken collar bone and burns to his back, Elio died from smoke inhalation - something that would have been prevented with appropriate marshalling.

timewastingmachine:

Grandstand

Brabham BT55 car #8 Elio de Angelis | 1986 San Marino GP

Get low! This was another of Gordon Murray’s sleak designs for Brabham a la the sensations BT52 and of course the innovative BT46B fan car. Despite it’s good looks it was too ambitious and ultimately failed due to forcing the tall BMW engine to be placed at an angle causing all sorts of drive train, crank shaft and gearbox issues.

This car look familiar? Well it should, because this would inspire Murray, after moving to McLaren a year later, to design arguably the most dominating Formula One car of all time, the McLaren MP4/4.

However, the beautiful BT55 also has a tragic note to it, when beloved Italian Elio de Angelis lost his life after flipping the car during an organised test session due in no small part to a lack of proper marshalling (fellow driver Alan Jones being the first on the scene - there were none stationed around the track) and no on-site helicopter - one had to be phoned in before he could be air some thirty minutes later. Despite only suffering a broken collar bone and burns to his back, Elio died from smoke inhalation - something that would have been prevented with appropriate marshalling.

itsawheelthing:

what we miss … sleeknessElio de Angelis, Olivetti Brabam-BMW BT55, 1986 Spanish Grand Prix, Jerez de la Frontera

What a beautiful car.
Unfortunately, it was also this car that took poor Elio’s life after a lack of proper marshalling and no on-site helicopter lead to the death of the Italian during a practice session. Fellow driver and 1980 World Champion Alan Jones was the first man on the scene - even before any of the few track marshals. No driver has died at a Formula One test session since, and it would be eight more years before another fatality felled the sport.

itsawheelthing:

what we miss … sleekness

Elio de Angelis, Olivetti Brabam-BMW BT55, 1986 Spanish Grand Prix, Jerez de la Frontera

What a beautiful car.

Unfortunately, it was also this car that took poor Elio’s life after a lack of proper marshalling and no on-site helicopter lead to the death of the Italian during a practice session. Fellow driver and 1980 World Champion Alan Jones was the first man on the scene - even before any of the few track marshals. No driver has died at a Formula One test session since, and it would be eight more years before another fatality felled the sport.

Adios Elio.

itsawheelthing:

what we miss … Simpson helmets

Elio de Angelis, 1981 Canadian Grand Prix, Montréal

Love the helmet and Elio. RIP

@fuckyeahlotus, favourite Elio moments?

goodoldvalves:

Lotus 95T (1984)

Elio de Angelis very own. It was powered by a 1.5l V6 Renault engine (Lotus had switched from Ford Cosworth to Renault engines a year before) and was designed by Gerard Ducarouge, under the “reign” of the new man Peter Warr at the commands of Team Lotus.