saviour stivala wrote: ↑
Fri Nov 17, 2023 1:52 pm
The '639' was the development car ran in 1988 and never raced during 1989. It was a mixture of the turbocharged 'F187/88C' and the then forthcoming '640', it futured the semi-automatic gearbox and the new normally aspirated V-12.
As I understand it there's complete separation of F1 88 type chassis designed ultimately by Gustav Brunner and the 639 gestation into 640. They don't share anything in that the monocoque was specifically designed by Barnard to exclude even the manual gear change mechanical components, and so prevent a competing design (instigated within the factory) of manual change gearbox being fitted.
Type 88 was only V6 turbo, I thought.
Barnard was there as technical director but working on new platform without carry over in my understanding.