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1982 Cars

Williams FW07C

The Williams FW07 was conceived to take part in the 1979 F1 championship as a ground effect based car. Due to its continued competitiveness it would be updated repeatedly first for the 1980 season, becoming the FW07B, and then again for 1981 as the FW07C. This final version would be carried over into the early fly-away races of the 1982 season, giving more time to complete the brand new FW08. 

 

The FW07C was deeply unpopular with previous Williams driver Alan Jones who complained about the hard suspension of the car, required by the banning of side-skirts for 1981. These traits would also form the basis of the new FW08, but rather than bother Keke he found they actually strongly complemented his own driving style. 

Despite its age the FW07C started the 1982 season competitively in Rosberg's hands. In the three rounds it took part in there would be a fifth in South Africa, a third place on the road in Brazil (but later disqualified for a weight infringement) and a second at Long Beach. There would however be no farewell party for the FW07C at the fourth round in Imola. The FOCA teams boycotted the race due to the fallout from Piquet's and Rosberg's disqualifications in Brazil, with FOCA feeling it had been politically motivated. The race was still held as a championship event but without any of the FOCA aligned teams. The FW07C had finished its competitive life a race early but had still contributed 8 points towards Keke championship challenge.

Tech Specs

Chassis:

Aluminium honeycomb monocoque

Engine:

Ford Cosworth DFV, 2,993 cc (182.6 cu in), 90° V8

Transmission:

Hewland FGA 400 5-speed manual

Suspension (front & back):

Lower wishbones and inboard springs

Fuel:

Mobil

Tyres:

Goodyear

Images

Retromobile 2014 - Williams FW07C-D
Retromobile 2014 - Williams FW07C-D

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1981 Williams FW07-C
1981 Williams FW07-C

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David Merrett from Daventry, England, 1981 Williams FW07-C (20133795950)CC BY 2.0

Williams FW08

The FW08 was based on a shorter wheelbase, built using traditional aluminium honeycomb construction rather than the carbon fibre chassis developed by teams like McLaren. The front of the car would (like the 1982 Brabham) feature no front wing due to the amount of downforce generated by the under-floor ground effects. Unlike many of the cars competing in the 1982 season the new Williams wouldn't use a turbo based engine and instead remained with the normally aspirated Ford Cosworth DFV. This would put Williams at a power disadvantage but guarantee stronger reliability.

 

The Williams FW08 would first appear at a Zolder tyre test on 14 April 1982 (see images below).  Almost a month later the car would make its official race debut at the same venue in the Belgian Grand Prix. Only a late tyre issue losing Keke the lead on the penultimate lap would cost the new car a debut victory. The second place at Zolder would however show how competitive the FW08 could be for the rest of the season. From the 12 races it started in 1982 there would be eight point finishes in total, with five of them being on the podium. 

 

The first victory for the FW08 would be tantalisingly close on a number of occasions, none more so than 0.05 seconds losing gap at the Österreichring. The breakthrough win would come a round later at the Swiss Grand Prix held in Dijon. Charging through the field Keke would have to battle not just his competitors but also against the flag waving incompetence of the organisers. This first victory would cement Keke's strong end to the year, culminating in him winning the drivers title at the final race of the season in Las Vegas.

The FW08 would follow its predecessors by being updated and raced in 1983 as the FW08C for the majority of the season. It would only miss the final race in South Africa when the turbo based FW09 was given its race debut.

Tech Specs

Chassis:

Aluminium honeycomb monocoque

Engine:

Ford Cosworth DFV, 2,993 cc (182.6 cu in), 90° V8

Transmission:

Hewland FGA 400 5-speed manual

Suspension (front & back):

Double wishbones, coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar

Fuel:

Mobil

Tyres:

Goodyear

Images

F1 Tyre Test - Zolder 1982
F1 Tyre Test - Zolder 1982

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F1 Tyre Test - Zolder 1982
F1 Tyre Test - Zolder 1982

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F1 Tyre Test - Zolder 1982
F1 Tyre Test - Zolder 1982

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F1 Tyre Test - Zolder 1982
F1 Tyre Test - Zolder 1982

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F1 Tyre Test - Zolder 1982
F1 Tyre Test - Zolder 1982

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F1 Belgian GP - Zolder 1982
F1 Belgian GP - Zolder 1982

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Williams FW08 - Interactive 3D Model

Explore the detailed interactive 3D model of the 1982 championship winning Williams FW08.

 

This model was created by a highly talented paper-model-maker Sunny78, who has built numerous paper models of racing cars. If you're feeling crafty you can build a paper version based on this model using these instructions from Sunny78's twitter page and the printable parts from his dropbox account.

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