The celebration of the 40th anniversary of Formula 1’s Ground-Effects era at this year’s Race Retro, powered by Motor Sport, has added two more racing heroes to it’s not-to-be-missed tribute at Stoneleigh Park from 23-25 February – a 1982 Arrows A4 and an Ensign N180.
The Arrows A4 was used in the 1982 season by the Arrows Grand Prix International team, which was founded in Milton Keynes, in 1977. The team took its name from the initial of the surname of its founders - Italian businessman Franco Ambrosio, Alan Rees, Jackie Oliver, Dave Wass and Tony Southgate, when they left the Shadow team.
With a Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 engine, it was raced by Brian Henton, Marc Surer and Mauro Baldi, finishing tenth in the championship.
The N180 was Ensign's entry for the 1980 F1 season where Mo Nunn's team utilised a similar ground-effect concept to the highly successful Williams FW07 design. Names behind the wheel included Jan Lammers, Clay Regazzoni, and Tiff Needell.
One of only three surviving chassis, this car was fully rebuilt over the winter of 2016/17 and was a podium finisher last year. A recent race winner and front running Masters entry, this car is now for sale and is also eligible for the Monaco Historic GP in 2018.
These two racers join the iconic car that lead the Ground-Effects movement – the Lotus 79 and its nearest rival, the William FW07. A Ralt RT3 formula 3 car, raced by driver turned F1 pundit Martin Brundle against the late, great Ayrton Senna, a B48 formula 2 Chevron and a Porsche 956 are also featured.
Ground-Effects is not the only celebratory display as recent inductees racing driver Brian Redman and Prodrive founder David Richards will both receive accolades – with Brian accepting his in person as he makes his show debut. David’s career will be marked by a display of four milestone cars from the Prodrive garage.
The Hall of Fame Live will also welcome other racing and rally guests as they are interviewed on the Motor Sport Live Stage.