Unraced projects of the 1982 season

Projects 1970 - 1999

As there are over 650 Unraced F1 projects from the period 1885 – 2020 I decided before to publish articles of Unraced projects per year. This is easier for you to see which attempts happened a specific year. Of course, it is easier for me as well as researching and writing an article takes a lot of time, which I don’t always have.  If you are interested in one of the summarized attempts perhaps, I can give you more info about it.This is the summarized overview of the Unraced projects in 1982.

Alfa Romeo 179T
In 1982 Alfa Romeo appeared with their newly designed V8 turbo charged engine the tipo 890T. To test this new engine the team decided to convert one of their existing Alfa Romeo T179’s for the purpose. The engine was several times tested before the tipo 890T would made its debut, earlier as planned, during the free practice at the Italian Grand Prix.

Alfa Romeo 182T
Alfa Romeo fitted one of their 182Ds with the brand new V8 turbo engine, which the team hoped to bring them to the top. Andrea de Cesaris was the lucky one to test the new engine. However, the team decided not to race with the car. Eventually the Alfa Romeo 182T would be into one of the five flat bottom 183ts.

In 1982 there were two rumours regarding the Nissan Company. They were to debut in the Formula One as engine supplier, or to debut on the grid as a new team. It was rumoured that the Japanese company worked in all secrecy on their Formula One project. It was long not certain what their exact plans were.  Some articles stated that Nissan was in a far stadium with their Grand Prix challenger. While it was mostly speculation if Nissan was intending to create their own V6 or V8 Turbo engine.  Alternatively, that they were to construct a normal aspirated engine. Nissan did consider a Formula 1 project in 1982, though abandoned it due to the high costs.

A forgotten part of the history of Formula One is the threat that a rival championship, the WFMS championship, was to set foot and lurk several teams to the new championship. The FISA and the FOCA were in a power struggle. Rombo, an Italian magazine, published their Formula One car. It was Ferrari-inspired, at least, if not just a copy of the Ferrari. It was said that if the WFMS championship would find it’s way Rombo was interested to enter the series. Probably powered by some Alfa Romeo or Cosworth power. There is ofcourse the option that this was just a publicity stunt to gain attention. The Italian Rombo magazine was launched in April of 1981.  

Williams-Cosworth FW08D
The Williams FW08D was the second  six-wheeler tested by the Williams F1 team in 1982. While Williams already had their first six-wheeler the Williams FW07E completed and tested many times. It was time for an improved version of the car. Alan Jones, Jonathan Palmer, Keke Rosberg and Jacques Laffite have tested with the second six-wheeler of the team.