Alpine A350 F1 car
Tubular with polyester body
Gordini 3.0 Liter naturally aspirated V8
Hewland DL200 manual 5-speed
French Grand Prix 1968
The Alpine A350 was a Formula 1 race car created jointly by Gordini and Alpine at the request of Renault, produced between 1967 and 1968 and used in the 1968 French Grand Prix.
Driven by the French company Elf, Alpine decided to enter Formula 1 by building a single-seater in Dieppe and calling it the A350. Designed by Richard Bouleau and some Michelin engineers, it was equipped with an innovative semi-independent suspension system similar to the modern "push rod" with the front wishbones arranged in a parallelogram which reduced body roll and maintained the trim of the car flat when cornering. It was tested on the tracks of Zolder and Zandvoort by Mauro Bianchi and he himself declared that the car's handling was extraordinary. Powering the A350 was a 3.0-litre Gordini engine with V8 architecture producing around 310bhp.
While the car was about to be fielded for the 1968 French Grand Prix, Renault, which controlled part of Alpine, opposed its participation, judging the V8 engine supplied by Gordini not up to par with the other cars due to a lower power of about 100 HP compared to the contemporary Cosworth DFV used on most of the other single-seaters and that Formula 1 was not part of Renault's competition program plans. The project was therefore abandoned and the only A350 produced was subsequently destroyed.
Alpine A350 F1 Technical details and specifications (1967-1968)
Engine position: central/rear
Engine type: 90º Gordini V8
Displacement: 2996 cm³ cm³
Distribution: 4 valves per cylinder, DOHC
Power supply: 4 Weber double body carburettors
Power: 310 HP at 7500 rpm
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Gearbox: 5-speed manual Hewland
tubular with shell in polyester
rack and pinion
front: double wishbones, coil springs with dampers from Le Carbon
rear: double wishbones, coil springs with dampers from Le Carbon
front: all-round ventilated discs by ATE
rear: all-round ventilated discs by ATE
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