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TOKYO Terrada | January

1987 Ferrari F187

  • 5th car (Chassis no. 099) produced out of only 7 existing F1/87 units
  • Raced at Round 6 Paul Ricard Circuit, Round 7 Silverstone, Round 8 Hockenheim Circuit of the 1987 F1 Grand Prix season
  • Driven by Gerhard Berger (Car no. 28)
  • The 1,496cc Tipo033 V6 Twin Turbo engine (Engine no. 77) produces 880bhp/11,500rpm
  • The set up used for qualifying sessions produced 950bhp, known as the most powerful F1 turbo machine
  • The last F1 racing car that ran the season with Enzo Ferrari’s presence

Scuderia Ferrari used Ferrari F187 at the F1 World Championship in 1987. Michele Alboreto and Gerhard Berger drove the car during the F1 World Championship. The car won the first GP race in Japan and the final race, Australian GP, winning consecutive races at the end of season when Williams Honda FW11B was at its peak.

Like Renault, Ferrari was working on a turbo engine from an early stage, Ferrari used 126c during the GP qualifying race in Italy in 1980. Since then, racing a 126 series with a 1.5 litter of V6 turbo, Ferrari was a top contender winning such races as the Constructors Title in 1983. But the F186 from 1983 turned out to be the first racing car which did not recored a win the whole season. Gusutav Brunner and Harvey Postlethwaite came to Ferrari from Arrows to design and develop the car now known as the F187.

Brunner developed the first ATS which integrated the monocoque with the outer panel and he followed the same style with the F187. It contains a stylish monocoque, double wishbone suspension with large wings in the front and back, a trend of that time.

The engine was changed to a 120 degree V6 twin turbo to a 90 degree V6 twin turbo, Tipo033 unit. Also due to prioritizing the aerodynamic processing, the gear box and rear diffuser was changed to a vertical installation from horizontal 6 speed MT. Aside from that, the Tipo033 unit recorded 950hp during a qualifying race and 880hp during a finals even with a 4.0bar pop-off valve attached to the car.

The drivers for the completely revamped F187 was Albert who is Italian and ace driver since 1984 and the young Austrian racer, Berger who came from Benneton. But due to organizational instability such as Brunner leaving the team before the season started, and lack of maturity of the machine, though they showed glimpse of its potential, good results were hard to come by at the beginning of the season.

The records improved after Jone Bernard replaced Pousthwaite as technical director. He reformed the team’s organization, and also was in charge of F187s suspension geometry change, aerodynamic refinement, and Tipo033s weak point, improvement of fuel efficiency. Berger won pole position in Portugal GP for the first time. In the final, up until the last three laps when he spun he was in first place by a wide margin, before he ended up in second place. At the first Japan GP in Suzuka Circuit on 15th race, Berger completed a pole-to-win. He also accomplished the feat at the last race, Australian GP, leaving an impression that Ferrari was back.

Only 7 examples(Chassis number 095 to 101 ) for F187 were built in 1987 of those, chassis number 100 and 101 were upgraded to F187/188 in 1988.

The example put up for auction, F187/099, was driven by Belger for the 6th race, France GP. Engine number of Tipo033 is 77. The example's records are 6th place for qualifying race(retired at finals) of France GP, 8th place of qualifying race(retired at finals) England GP, and 10th place(retired at finals) of Germany GP. All examples for F187&F187/88C are said to exist.

F187/099 was kept in the garage by a Japanese collector for a long time, so it may need some maintenance for engines and suspension, but it only needs relatively minor repair to restore to ready-to-race condition.