One of the most iconic Formula One liveries, and arguably the most 'Irish' (settle down Jordan fans). The Guinness - Rizla March 811.
The March 811 was built by March Engineering and used by RAM Racing in the 1981 Formula One World Championship. Designed by Robin Herd, Gordon Coppuck, and Adrian Reynard, it was powered by the traditional 3.0 L (180 cu in) Ford-Cosworth DFV V8 engine. It initially used Michelin tyres, but eventually switched to Avon tyres at the 1981 French Grand Prix. It was March’s first Formula One car since 1977.
DEREK DALY had come the hard way to finally get a chance in Formula 1. In order to finance his early attempts in Formula Ford in the UK he even went to Australia working in a tin mine for quite a while. Living in a converted coach he travelled from race track to race track in 1976 always short of money. But all the efforts should be worth it when Daly won the prestigious Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch at the end of that year. Via Formula 2 the Irishman made it into Formula 1 in 1978, drove for Hesketh, Ensign and Tyrrell. Full throttle with inferior material led to a couple of huge shunts.
RAM Racing had run a pair of Williams FW07Bs in F1 in 1980, but for 1981 approached March Engineering to produce a new design for the team. March had not built a true F1 car since 1977, and even that had been based on a 1975 design, so Robin Herd decided to base his new design on RAM's existing Williams FW07s.
Paul Brown was put in charge of the design, and he specified a relatively strong aluminium honeycomb for the prototype car, but when the first production cars, 811/RM02 and 811/RM03, were built, a lighter (and cheaper) honeycomb was substituted. The resulting monocoques were far too weak, but tests in the UK before the first race were too short to reveal the problem. When RAM Racing got out to South Africa for the first Grand Prix, the downforce generated simply bent the sidepods. The cars had a second skin added, but this just added weight problems to their stiffness issue.
Two new cars, 811/RM04 and 811/RM05 were produced in time for the Belgian GP, but nobody who worked on the project will admit to having designed this "Mk 2" car. No 2 driver Eliseo Salazar took his sponsorship money off to Ensign, but Derek Daly continued alone and results improved slightly, the Irishman starting to qualify for races at last. Adrian Reynard was then employed by RAM Racing to engineer the car, and he produced a shorter and lighter "Mk 3" 811 with a more rounded nose, 811/RM06. Daly raced this car to the end of the season, with backing from Guinness and Rizla.
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