BENETTON F1


Thursday 30th May to Sunday 2nd June

Victoria Avenue (demonstrations)

Sunday: West Park Apartments car park

The Benetton B193 was a Formula One racing car designed by Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne, and raced by Benetton team in the 1993 Formula One season. It was powered by the latest Cosworth HBA engine in an initially-exclusive deal with Ford, and ran on Goodyear tyres.

The car was distinguishable from its predecessor due to its track being 15 cm (5.9 in) narrower per the regulations of 1993, and the addition of bargeboards at the San Marino Grand Prix. It also had sidepods with a less pronounced cut-in for the radiator ducts. The nose height was raised from that of the B192, as well as having a longer and flatter rear ‘deck’ to allow for smoother airflow over the rear suspension than the B192.

Thanks to the more powerful engine, Michael Schumacher was able to consistently challenge the McLarens and on occasion challenged the seemingly unbeatable Williams FW15C.

The car was very advanced in the technological sense and featured active suspension, a semi-automatic transmission and traction control from the Monaco Grand Prix onwards. It was the last car to feature cigarette brand Camel as the team’s main sponsor, before the long term sponsorship of an Enstone-based team with Mild Seven cigarettes.

Benetton eventually finished 3rd in the Constructors’ Championship just behind McLaren but with a substantial gap to Williams. The B193B was replaced for the 1994 season by the Benetton B194.