Arrows A8 BMW

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Active: 1985 - 1986
Team: Arrows Grand Prix International Ltd

Designer: Dave Wass
Drivers: Gerhard Berger / Mark Surer / Christian Danner (17), Thierry Boutsen (18)
Team name: Barclay Arrows BMW
Chassis built: 6

The Arrows A8 completed the entire 1985 and 1986 seasons for Arrows. In its first year, Berger and Boutsen gathered 14 points but by 1986 the car had lost its edge. Berger left and Surer / Danner took his place. Boutsen stayed at the team for another year but the lack of development on the car meant it could only score 2 points in its second year of competition.


Chassis: Aluminium / Carbonfibre monocoque
Suspension: double wishbones, push-rod dampers (front and rear)
Steering: rack-and-pinion
Brakes: ventilated discs, all-round
Gearbox: Hewland 5 speed Manual
Tyres: Goodyear


Weight: 545 kg
Wheelbase: 2794 mm
Front track: 1778 mm
Rear track: 1651 mm


Configuration: BMW M 12/13 Straight 4
Displacement: 1499 cc
Bore / Stroke: 89.2 mm / 60.0 mm
Valvetrain: 4 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feed: Bosch/Kugelfischer Fuel Injection
Aspiration: KKK Turbo
Power: 900 bhp / 671 KW @ 10500 rpm
Torque: 540 Nm / 398 ft lbs @ 8500 rpm