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Life Racing Engines was an Italian constructor from Modena that completed very unsuccessfully in 1990. The team was founded by Ernesto Vita (whose surname is Italian for "Life") and drivers Gary Brabham and Bruno Giacomelli drove the fourteen races the team entered.

The engine, the F35, was a unique W12 engine, initially designed by former Ferrari engineer Franco Rocchi. Vita purchased the rights to the W12 design and attempted to sell it to an F1 team for 1989. Vita was unable to secure any contracts and decided to make his own car for the engine.

Vita purchased the FIRST chassis, the F189 (which was based on a Formula 3000 car), made some changes, fitted his engine, and named it the L190. It was overweight, down on power, difficult to drive and very unreliable. Brabham was tasked with the car for his début.

For the first race at the United States Grand Prix, Brabham failed to pre-qualify by over half a minute, and after not a setting a time at Brazil, the Australian left to be replaced by veteran Giacomelli, who had not raced in F1 for seven years. Giacomelli never got near to pre-qualifying, and the team ditched the W12 for the Portuguese Grand Prix. The new Judd V8 engine did not fit the large engine, and it flew off the car. The team did not turn up for the final two races and was not heard from again.

Formula One adventureEdit

W12 engine developmentEdit

Obtaining the chassisEdit

1990 seasonEdit

Post-F1Edit

F1 SummaryEdit

YearCarEngineTyreDriversRoundsTest DriverWCC PtsWCC PosReport
1990 L190 Life
Judd
G Australia Gary Brabham
Italy Bruno Giacomelli
1–2
3–14
Italy Franco Scapini 0
0
NC
NC
Report

StatisticsEdit

Entries 14
Starts 0
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0
Laps Raced 0
Distance Raced 0 km
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0 km

Complete Formula One ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Driver Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WCC Pts WCC Pos
1990 Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Mexico Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia
Brabham L190 DNPQ DNPQ 0 NC
Giacomelli DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ

NotesEdit


External linksEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Constanduros, Bob, ed. (1990). "Team Talk". FIA Formula 1 World Championship 90. London: Piccadilly Promotion. p. 69. ISBN 1-873199-00-7.
V T E Life logo F1 Life Racing Engines
Seasons
1990 (Report)
Drivers
Australia Gary Brabham · Italy Bruno Giacomelli · Italy Franco Scapini (test driver)
Personnel
Ernesto Vita · Gianni Marelli · Oliver Piazzi
Car
L190
Engine
F35
Related
Franco Rocchi · Richard Divila · FIRST Racing
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