The Arrows A8 was the Formula One car which the Arrows team used to compete in the 1985 and 1986 Formula One seasons. 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 third place podium finish for Thierry Boutsen at Imola, but was later moved to 2nd when winner Alain Prost’s McLaren was disqualified for being underweight. With the development of the A9 well behind schedule the A8 returned again for the 86’ season. In total there were just 5 Chassis’s produced for the 85/ 86 seasons and were entered in every race.
As BMW announced to pull out officially at the end of 1986, the Arrows team brokered a deal with support from its primary sponsor, USF&G, to continue the use of the upright BMW engines under the name of its subsidiary Megatron, Inc., founded by long-time F1 aficionado John J. Schmidt, who coined the phrase “Horse racing may have been the sport of kings, but auto racing is the sport of corporations”. The engines were serviced by Heini Mader from Switzerland, the former mechanic of Jo Siffert.
Rebadged as Megatron, the BMW engines were used by the Arrows team for the 1987 and 1988 seasons, also Ligier for 1987 only. The Megatron programme ended as a result of a change of Formula 1 engine rules which banned turbocharged engines at the end of 1988. The Arrows team reverted to using 3500 cc Ford-Cosworth V8 normally aspirated powerplants for the 1989 season.
Chassis A8-6 is the last of the six cars for the 1985/86 seasons, and is presented in the period correct livery which promoted the sponsors Barclay, DeLonghi and Camozzi.
We have been informed that the engine of Chassis 06 has been rebuilt and is yet to be driven, whilst all other information, documentation and results for the car are available upon request. A fantastic way to get behind the wheel of an iconic Formula 1 car from the Turbo Era.