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Arrows A8

Arrows A8
Category Formula One
Constructor Arrows
Designer(s) Dave Wass
Predecessor A7
Successor A9
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Aluminium and carbon fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbones, push-rod dampers
Suspension (rear) Double wishbones, push-rod dampers
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Engine BMW M12/13, Script error: No such module "convert"., Straight 4, turbocharged, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Hewland 5-speed manual
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Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Barclay Arrows BMW
Notable drivers 17. 23x15px Gerhard Berger
18. 23x15px Thierry Boutsen
17. 23x16px Marc Surer
17. 23x15px Christian Danner
Debut 1985 Brazilian Grand Prix
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Arrows A8 was a Formula One car which the Arrows team used to compete in the 1985 and 1986 Formula One seasons. It was powered by the BMW M12 turbocharged engine looked after by Swiss engine guru Heini Mader.

The A8 placed 8th in the 1985 Constructors' Championship on 14 points which included a podium finish for Thierry Boutsen at Imola where he placed 3rd but was later moved to 2nd when winner Alain Prost's McLaren was disqualified for being underweight. Boutsen himself was lucky to finish the race having run out of fuel within sight of the flag, though he had enough momentum to be able to coast over the line still in third place. This proved to be the A8's high point as it was never again driven to a podium finish.

Arrows and the A8 could only place 10th in the Constructors' Championship final standings in 1986 with Christian Danner scoring a point for 6th place at the 1986 Austrian Grand Prix.

While Heini Mader did a good job in maintaining the team's BMW engines, they lacked the power of the same engines powering the Brabham and later Benetton teams as those particular engines were continually maintained by BMW, giving them access to new parts, information and factory backed development that Mader did not have. This was shown in the results as the Arrows-BMWs rarely out-qualified or out-raced the Brabhams or Benettons.


  1. ^ "1985 - 1986 Arrows A8 BMW - Images, Specifications and Information". Retrieved 2010-08-23. 

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