Fittipaldi Automotive

Team logoBased in: Sao Paolo, Brazil & Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Founded: 1973 (active 1975-1982)

Principal: Wilson & Emerson Fittipaldi

The first Fittipaldi cars were named for the team's sponsor, Copersucar - a government backed co-operative of Brazilian sugar producers. Over the years the namew Copersucar was phased out.

In many ways this reflected the changing nature of the team, which was attempting to become the first Brazilian Formula 1 operation. That dream soon faded and as befitting a team competing in a Euro-centric sport like F1 the organisation was eventually forced to move to Britain. Originally founded and run by Wilson Fittipaldi the team only really gained momentum when brother Emerson joined as the lead driver.

By 1980, Copersucar had gone and Fittipaldi merged with Wolf, using their third series models (WR7-9) as the Fittipaldi F7s. As the turbo era approached, lack of sponsorship meant the end of this ambitious and colourful project.

Cars

All Formula One cars of Fittipaldi Automotive
Car designationRace years
Fittipaldi FD011975
Fittipaldi FD041976
Fittipaldi Copersucar F51977
Fittipaldi Copersucar FD041977
Fittipaldi Copersucar F5A1978 - 1979
Fittipaldi Copersucar F61979
Fittipaldi Copersucar F6A1979
Fittipaldi F71980
Fittipaldi F81980
Fittipaldi F8C1981
Fittipald iF8D1982
Fittipaldi F91982