Derrington Francis ATS
Automotive manufacturer of United Kingdom From 1964.
The Derrington Francis ATS was a British Formula One racing car Team from 1964.
The famous British racing mechanic Alf Francis, who in the 1950s for Maserati had worked and there for the Maserati 250F of Stirling Moss was responsible, and Vic Derrington tried in 1964 to get into F1. Derrington, one of the automotive accessory pioneers in the UK , acquired an ATS Formula One racing car, the ATS 100 . The two enthusiasts modified the vehicle and gave it their names.
Francis constructed a new tubular frame with a 15 cm shorter wheelbase than the original car of Carlo Chiti and gave the car a corresponding body. The Portuguese racing driver Mário de Araújo Cabral rented the racing car in 1964 to compete in the Grand Prix of Italy in Monza .
He qualified for the penultimate starting position, but gave up the race prematurely after constant problems with the ignition. Cabral wanted to race further with the ATS100, which had a V8 engine from ATS, but American driver Dan Gurney destroyed the only chassis during a test drive. The car was never used again in a race.