1989 Dallara BMS 190 F1


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Competition car
# 189/ 04

- Ex Michele Alboreto
- Beautiful sporty history
- Unbeattable price/sensations ratio
- Complete and rolling

Gianpaolo Dallara is not only one of the greatest engineers that motorsport has ever known, but he also has a glorious past in designing Grand Touring machines. Educated at the Polytechnic of Milan, specializing in aviation, he began in 1960 with Ferrari and then to Maserati, then the greatest competitor to Maranello. He worked on the Tipo 151, under the guidance of Giulio Alfieri. But soon after, at age 25, he met Feruccio Lamborghini for whom he will design the Espada and especially the Miura .
The architecture of this car (central engine, lightweight chassis and compact dimensions) proved that the demons of competition was still tempting Dallara. If Lamborghini refused to let him into motorsport another great figure in the Modenese motoring scene would: Argentinian Alejandro de Tomaso, who then wanted to fund a Formula 1 car. This would be the first Dallara, and this car will run in 1970 under the team leadership of Frank Williams, also starting in this role for the first time. Short on budget development, the De Tomaso 505 did not see much success, but Dallara did not cease to be interested in F1. His collaboration with Nuccio Bertone led to the creation of the Lancia Stratos, which will revolutionize the art of rallying. Dallara was also the man behind the Lancia 037, which succeeded the Stratos in world championship rallies and between them they would have four world titles! The LC1 and LC2 from Lancia in Group 6 and Group C and then the Ferrari 333 SP would be all designs by Dallara.
First an employee and then a consultant engineer, Gianpaolo Dallara founded his firm in 1972 at Varano, near Parma, where he was born, with the avowed intention of competing with the likes of March, Lola and other companies that the customer teams used to race with. Success would be seen in Formula 3 and Formula 2 and also in F3000 and Indycar racing. Today, Dallara Automobili provides all registered Formula Indy chassis.
But personally, Dallara has never ceased to cherish Formula 1.
In the 1980s, his magnificent résumé in engineering couldn't be completed without venturing into F1. So in 1986, the small firm from Varano provided the cars for Scuderia Italia, also called BMS (Brixia or Brescia, Motor Sport) Beppe Luchini, a rich Italian steelmaker. In 1988 "the other Scuderia " entered a Dallara 188 in each of the 14 Grand Prix with Alex Caffi as driver. A learning season for the driver as well as for the team, as none scored. In 1989, it was quite otherwise. This time, the team entered two cars in the championship, one with Alex Caffi always, and another for the quick and whimsical Andrea de Cesaris. The BMS Dallara, always with a relatively modest budget, had their best season. In addition to the top teams of the moment (McLaren-Honda, Williams-Renault, Ferrari, Benetton-Ford) Dallara was competing for points alongside Tyrrell, Lotus and Arrows. And Brabham, Minardi, Onyx, March, Ligier, AGS and Lola were all behind.
Caffi finished 4th and 6th in Monaco and in Canada and managed to qualify in fifth position in Phoenix. But the most beautiful feat was to the credit of de Cesaris, who finished on the podium at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. That day, the Italian drove chassis # 189/04 that we are presenting today, bought directly by the current owner to the Alboreto's family.
This Dallara 189 is a fine car, simple, balanced and very "nice" in the words of its drivers of the time, and that it certainly lacked only some power and development to achieve a better carrer. This has always been the case with the Cosworth engine, which clearly remains the most successful engine in the history of Formula 1 though. The DFR version is the ultimate evolution, developed according to regulation of 1989, which banned turbos and imposed a displacement of 3.5 liters. Its estimated power is close to or above 600bhp, weight is close to 500kg dry. A diabolical power to weight ratio, each horsepower with less than a kilo to propel! To find that same level of sensations, you can still run this car...