Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Benetton B190

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

It's hard to believe that the Benetton B190 first appeared a quarter of a century ago. While it may look a little dated next to a current F1 car (particularly in terms of where the driver's legs are), it was incredibly advanced for its time: the carbon-fibre monocoque housed the cutting-edge Ford/Cosworth HBA4 engine, a 3.5-litre V8, while the aerodynamics were as advanced as the leading teams' efforts. Indeed, Nelson Piquet was able to keep the B190 right at the front of the field with the McLaren, Ferrari and Williams cars, taking victory in the final two races of the 1990 season in Japan and Australia.
With the development of Formula One being what it is, the B190 was replaced in 1991 by the B190B, then the B191, so this car's victories are very much anchored in their time; nowadays it exists as a reminder of early-nineties F1, touring the show circuit and running in track displays. Is there any livery that shouts '1990s' more loudly?

Spotted by SuckSqueezeBangBlow at the 2012 Chelsea Auto Legends press day - click here for more photos.

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