A FORMULA 1 car designed by Adrian Newey with race history in Adelaide has come onto the market.
Leyton House CG901/6 was driven by Ivan Capelli in the 1990 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, where the Italian qualified 14th and ran on the cusp of the top 10 until a throttle problem forced him out just past half race distance.
The Judd V8-powered CG901 was the last of the Leyton House/March team cars to be designed by Newey, who parted ways with the team in the middle of the season and headed to Williams.
Newey’s departure coincided with a bump in form for the squad; he’d designed a B-spec version of the car incorporating a new floor with an exhaust-blown diffuser, and the new parts also fixed mistakes made on the initial design due to bad data from the wind tunnel they were using.
The result was that Capelli led much of the French Grand Prix on his way to finishing second, and was on track to repeat the result in the British Grand Prix when he retired due to a fuel leak.
Chassis 6 made its race debut at the following event, the German Grand Prix, and Capelli campaigned it in all the remaining rounds of the 1990 championship bar Italy, where he used the team’s spare car.
Capelli was unable to repeat his heroics of Paul Ricard and Silverstone in his new chassis, with a pair of sevenths at Hockenheim and Spa-Francorchamps representing his best results in the car.
According to the listing, the car was recently restored by historic racing experts CGA Race Engineering and is ready to drive.