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Friday, August 13, 2010

1992 Ferrari Formula 1 F92A/644


Registration no: N/A Chassis no: 131 Price: Refer Department New for the 1989 season of Grand Prix racing was the introduction of 3.5 litre, normally aspirated, engines, ending the turbocharged era of Formula One. Initially, the change was one which seemed to go down well at Ferrari, with Nigel Mansell taking victory in the all-new, John Barnard-designed 640 on his and the car’s debut race for Ferrari, the Brazilian GP and opening round of that year’s World Championship. Developing a revolutionary semi-automatic transmission, however, hampered reliability and either Mansell or team mate Gerhard Berger from mounting an effective challenge. The following season the front-running 641, upgraded after the first two races to 641/2 specification, replaced the 640, and Alain Prost joined Ferrari, whose results would overshadow those of Il Leone due to poor reliability remaining a problem.A direct evolution of the 641/2, the 642 for the ‘91 season was the new mount for Prost and Jean Alesi, Maranello’s new signing who had starred on his debut with Tyrrell in 1989 by taking fourth place in his first ever Grand Prix. This, too, was upgraded, after half a dozen races, to become the 643 which proved again to be a regular top podium finisher. Disagreements within the team, however, and Prost’s outspoken remarks regarding it, saw ‘The Professor’ prematurely dropped with Gianni Morbidelli being drafted in for the last race.The F92A - also known as the 644 - for 1992 featured many detail improvements but still Ferrari was suffering some unreliability. Nonetheless, Alesi and Ivan Capelli, Prost’s replacement, finished in fourth and fifth places in the season’s third race, the Brazilian GP, behind Michael Schumacher’s Benetton B191B-Ford and the Williams FW14B-Renaults of winner Nigel Mansell and runner-up Ricardo Patrese. Alesi then added a third place at the next round in Spain, behind Mansell and Schumacher, and third position again in Canada to Berger’s winning McLaren MP4/7A-Honda and Schumacher’s Benetton. The Frenchman went on to follow this with fifth places in the German and Japanese Grand Prix - in between Capelli also took sixth spot in Hungary - the last with the Ferrari now to F92AT specification, and a final fourth position, behind the Benettons of Martin Brundle and Schumacher and first place man Berger, in the Australian GP. All of which contributed enough to place Ferrari in fourth position overall in the World Championship for Manufacturers. For the 1993 F1 season, the F92A would be superceded by the F93A.Fresh from a complete overhaul at Ferrari’s Maranello works, including fitment of a new transaxle, this F92A/644, the chassis used by Alesi in both the Brazilian and Canadian GPs, produces some 680bhp from its 3.5 litre V12 engine. Presented in excellent condition, it is thus offered completely ready to race. This striking Formula One car, an important evolutionary model in Ferrari’s history and of unquestionable pedigree, would be ideal for and, no doubt, highly competitive in historic racing. This is a must for the serious Ferrari collector or historic racer.


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