Formule 1 Arrows Thierry Boutsen

The Arrows A8 was a formula One car which the Arrows team used to complete in the 1985 and 1986 Formula One season. It was powered by the BMW M12 turbocharged engine looked after by Swiss engine guru Heini Mader


The A8 placed 8th in the 1985 Constructors’ Championship on 14 points which included a podium finish for Thierry Boutsen at Imola where he placed 3rd but was later moved to 2nd when winner Alain Prost’s McLaren was disqualified for being underweight !!!   Boutsen himself was lucky to finish the race having run out of fuel within sight of the flag, though he had enough momentum to be able to coast over the line still in third place. This proved to be the A8’s high point as it was never again driven to a podium finish.




Category                             Formula One

Constructor                       Arrows

Designer(s)                        Dave Wass

Chassis                                 Aluminium and carbon fibre monocoque

Suspension (front)         Double wishbones, pushrod dampers 

Suspension (rear)           Double wishbones,pushrod dampers

Axle track                           Front : 1,778 mm (70.0 in)

                                               Rear : 1,651 mm (65.0 in)

Engine                                 BMW M12/13, 1,499cc  Straight 4, turbocharged, mid-engine.

Power                                  900 bhp / 671 KW @ 10,500 rpm

Torque                                540 Nm / 398 ft lbs @ 8,500 rpm

BHP/Liter                            600 bhp / liter

Weight                                545 kilo / 1,202 lbs

Wheelbase / Track         2,794 mm (110 in) / 1,778 mm (70 in) / 1,651 mm (65 in)

Tyres                                    Goodyear