In the 1970s, businessmen and motorsport fan Ted Toleman began his involvement in various car racing formula in the UK. Toleman’s entry to Formula One was announced in November 1980 and the Toleman teams’ debut was in the 1981 San Marino Grand Prix. Over the next two years, their original Rory Byrne-designed TG181 car was extensively developed as it had proved overweight and underpowered, however, in 1983 the new car T183B showed improved form. The budget increased as Toleman’s current sponsor – Italian white goods manufacturer Candy – was joined by Iveco brand Magirus and BP. Noted driver, Derek Warwick achieved Toleman’s first points finish in the Dutch GP and scored again in the remaining three Grands Prix. These results placed Toleman 9th in the constructors’ championship standings.
The driver line-up changed completely in 1984. Warwick’s performances were rewarded with a Renault contract and his place was taken by Grand Prix debutant and future three-time World Champion Ayrton Senna. Senna quickly made an impression on Formula One in his TG184 car and achieved Toleman’s greatest result. In a rain-soaked Monaco GP, he finished in a close 2nd place behind Alain Prost. The torrential conditions forced the clerk of the course (Jacky Ickx) to stop the race after 31 of the scheduled 78 laps. It was a controversial decision that stirred up a conspiracy theory and resulted in much debate about whether Senna would have won. In May 1985, Toleman acquired major sponsorship from the United Colours Of Benetton clothing company. During the 1985/86 off-season, the knitwear firm purchased the team and it was renamed Benetton Formula prior to the 1986 season.
Offered for sale is a “United Colours of Benetton” liveried Toleman TG185- Chassis No.5. Driven by Teo Fabi in the 1985 European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, the car has been kept with it’s ‘straight off the track’ bodywork, untouched since Fabi stepped out in 1985. Underneath the unrestored paintwork, is the powerful Hart 415 T four cylinder turbo charged engine, which in period produced 740bhp in qualifying spec running boost at 2.5 bar.
The Toleman TG185 famously acheived the small Toleman teams only pole position at the Nurburgring, driven by Teo Fabi. Fabi drove chassis 05 at the European GP at Brands Hatch, UK in October 1985.
This car has been mechanically restored to the highest standard with no expense sparred on any aspect of it. The engine has been built up from a new block and head by the highly experienced F1 turbo specialists Geoff Page Racing. The bodywork is the only thing that hasn’t been restored, so leaving the car looking as it was at the end of the 1985 season. The engine is running on a modern ECU and runs on 102 octane fuel which means this is a very simple F1 car to run privately.
The car was recently run at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the expert hands of FOS regular Lorina McLaughlin with great success and is therefore eligible for future Goodwood events.
This is one of the last cars produced by Ted Tolemans famous team in full running order and comes with a new external starter and preheaters and is ready to go straight to the track.