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Arrows A2

Arrows A2
Category Formula One
Constructor Arrows
Designer(s) Dave Wass
Predecessor A1B
Successor A3
Technical specifications[1][2]
Chassis Rivited aluminium monocoque
Suspension (front) Rocker arms, lower wishbones, inboard coil springs
Suspension (rear) parallel bars, coil springs
Axle track Front: 1,153 mm (45.4 in)
Rear: 1,549 mm (61.0 in)
Wheelbase 2,718 mm (107.0 in)
Engine Cosworth DFV, 2,993 cc (182.6 cu in), 90° V8, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Hewland FGA 400 5-speed manual
Weight 591 kg (1,303 lb)
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team
Notable drivers 29. Riccardo Patrese
30. Jochen Mass
Debut 1979 French Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
8 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Arrows A2 was a Formula One racing car used by the Arrows team in the latter half of the 1979 Formula One season. Like most Formula One cars at the time, the A2 ran with ground effect aerodynamics and thus had no need of a traditional front wing. However, unlike most contemporary cars, its engine was set with a four-degree angle.[3]

The A2 generated extensive downforce, but at the expense of handling.[4] The car was hard to steer through corners, and suffered from porpoising on the straights.[4] Within weeks design work started on the A2's successor, the A3, and the A1 was brought back for the second half of the 1979 season.[4]

Complete Formula One World Championship results

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points WCC
1979 Warsteiner Arrows Ford Cosworth DFV G ARG BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA 5* 9th
Riccardo Patrese 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret
Jochen Mass 15 Ret 6 Ret 6 Ret DNQ DNQ

* 3 points scored using the A1B


  1. ^ Arrows A2 @ StatsF1
  2. ^ Arrows A2 @ Ultimatecarpage
  3. ^ Formula One engine mounting
  4. ^ a b c Hodges, David (1990). A-Z of Formula Racing Cars. Bideford, UK: Bay View Books. p. 279.  
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