Huge Williams F1 showcase to celebrate 40 years of the F1 team will appear at Britain’s biggest motorsport show, Autosport International
With its umpteen halls of fast cars, engineers, retailers, drivers and manufacturers, Autosport International is an early highlight of the 2017 show calendar. And next year, it’s going to be particularly special for fans of the Williams F1 team, with a special 40th anniversary celebration.
An array of Williams cars will be on display, including the FW07 – which gave Williams its first victory, Nigel Mansell’s 1992 Drivers’ Championship-winning FW14B, Damon Hill’s 1996 Drivers’ Championship-winning FW18 and the FW25.
Leading the display is one of Williams’ earliest and most successful racing cars, the FW07. The ground-effect car was designed by Patrick Head and powered by the famous Ford Cosworth DFV V8 engine. It was driven by Alan Jones and Clay Regazzoni and made its debut part way through the 1979 season.
And what a debut that was. The FW07 competed in 15 grand prix, taking five wins, ten podiums and three fastest laps – establishing Williams as a force to be reckoned with. The FW07 also gave Williams its first victory in Formula One in the hands of Clay Regazzoni at the British Grand Prix. What’s more, the Regazzoni car will be on display at Autosport International. But that’s not all.
The Williams-Renault FW14B – which was driven by Nigel Mansell in 1992 – will also be at the show. The nine-races-in-a-single-season winner was the most technically-advanced machine of its time, with semi-automatic transmission, active suspension, traction control and anti-lock brakes.
But this display is just one element of Williams’ 40th anniversary celebrations. The highlight of the Autosport celebrations is the Williams Heritage interactive feature, which allows fans to dive into the team’s high-octane history, from the 1977 team to the 2017 Williams Martini Racing outfit.
Claire Williams, Williams Martini Racing Deputy Team Principal, said: ‘We get such great support from the fans and we can’t wait to be able to give something back at Autosport International. We’re looking forward to showing off some of our most famous racing cars from the past four decades. It’s also a fantastic platform for us to showcase Williams Advanced Engineering and Williams Heritage.’