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Modena (racing team)

Modena
Full name Modena Team SpA
Base Modena, Italy
Noted staff Carlo Patrucco (Team Principal)
Mauro Forghieri (Technical Director)
Mario Tolentino (Designer/race engineer)
Dave Morgan (Race Engineer)
Noted drivers Nicola Larini
Eric van de Poele
Formula One World Championship career
First entry 1991 United States Grand Prix
Races entered 16 (6 starts)
Constructors Lamborghini
Engines Lamborghini
Constructors'
Championships
0
Drivers'
Championships
0
Race victories 0 (best result: 7th in the 1991 United States Grand Prix)
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
Final entry 1991 Australian Grand Prix

Modena Team SpA was a 1991 United States Grand Prix.

Formula One

The team first emerged as GLAS in early 1990. It was to be financed by wealthy Mexican businessman Fernando Gonzalez Luna, who was reported to be investing around $20 million in the team, and it was to be run by former Italian journalist Leopoldo Canettoli. The young team had approached Italian sportscar manufacturer 1989 as an engine supplier. 1991 would be the firm's first attempt at designing and building a Formula One car. Former Alfa Romeo and Spirit driver Mauro Baldi was proposed as a part-backer and driver for the team.

Lamborghini Engineering had tasked

The change of name would cause confusion throughout the season. It was essentially a Lamborghini Engineering team, as they had designed and built the chassis, the chassis carried the firm's name and it was powered by a Lamborghini engine, but they were adamant on having it named differently and went about registering it under a different name, resulting in the team known as Modena but the cars as Lambo 291's on the official entry list. "Modena" was also the surname of Stefano Modena, a driver who would be contesting the 1991 season for Tyrrell.

The Lambo 291 was a rather eye-catching and sleek looking chassis, with its distinctive blue colour scheme, triangular sidepods and slanting radiators. Slanting radiators would actually become a key Formula One design trend some years later, continuing to this day. United States Grand Prix, and van de Poele running 5th at the San Marino Grand Prix, and on course for 2 world championship points, before a problem with the fuel system brought him to a halt on the last lap, literally within sight of the flag, resulting in van de Poele being classified as 9th.

By mid-season the team were in financial difficulty, unable to secure any meaningful sponsorship and Lamborghini refusing to release any additional funds. Though the team were now clear of pre-qualifying when the process was reorganised, thanks to a count-back to Larini's 7th place at Phoenix, they were unable to make any progress. Larini got through to a further four races (spinning out of the 1992 Formula One season.

By season's end, Modena Team SpA were in debt and with Lamborghini no longer providing financial aid, the team was at the end of the road. Forghieri returned to try and organise Modena as a viable independent entity from Lamborghini Engineering, or attempt a merger with the 1992 season, unable to overcome their financial problems.

Complete Formula One results

() (results in bold indicate pole position)
Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1991 Lambo 291 V12 G USA BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 0 NC
Nicola Larini 34 7 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret 16 DNQ 16 DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret
Eric van de Poele 35 DNPQ DNPQ 9 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ

External links

  • http://www.f1rejects.com/teams/lambo/profile.html
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