Williams FW09

The Williams FW09, designed by Patrick Head and Neil Oatley was the first Williams car to be powered by a turbocharged engine. It first appeared at the 1983 South African Grand Prix which was used, by Williams, as 'race test'.

17

Races

1

Wins

6th

Best WCC result

1983

Debut

0

Poles

0

Fastest Laps

27.5

Total Points

Benefitting from a Honda V6 turbocharged engine – it was the first time Williams had built a car around a turbo powerplant.

The FW09 also featured an aluminium monocoque, based on that of the Williams FW08 (powered by a naturally aspirated Ford DFV outputting significantly less power) which wasn’t sufficiently strong or rigid to accommodate the new, more powerful turbo engine, said to be so brutal that parts of the Honda block were found to have twisted under force during the race.

Issues arising from the chassis/engine mismatch continued throughout the season, before the aluminium was replaced with carbon fibre for the construction of its successor, the FW10 in 1985.

The redesigned front end of the FW09 gave it cleaner aerodynamics, but the car still generated a huge amount of drag at high speeds, making the jobs of drivers Keke Rosberg and Jacques Laffite very difficult.

At the Austrian Grand Prix, Rosberg retired his FW09 whilst in the top ten, worried that should he lose control of the dangerously unstable FW09 an accident at the then high speed Österreichring would most probably be massive.

During the season, the Williams Team moved into their new Didcot factory, where they remained for the next ten years and from where they enjoyed much success.

Results in 1984 were not great, largely thanks to the unpredictable handling of the FW09, but despite this, Keke Rosberg managed to win one Grand Prix: the USA Grand Prix around the streets of Detroit, and Williams finished sixth in the 1983 World Constructors Championship.

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Williams Logo
Honda 1.5 litre V6 turbo
Tyres

Williams FW09 Specs

Designed by:Patrick Head, Frank Dernie & Neil Oatley
Year(s) active:1983, 1984
Official entrant:TAG Williams Racing Team
Drivers:Keke Rosberg, Jacques Laffite
Engine:Honda 1.5 litre V6 turbo
Tyres:Goodyear
Fuel:Mobil
Brakes:Lockheed vented discs, Ferodo pads
Transmission:Williams/Hewland 6-speed Manual
Preceded by:Williams FW08
Succeeded by:Williams FW10

Williams FW09 Results

1983

  BRA USW FRA SMR MON BEL DET CAN GBR GER AUT NED ITA EUR RSA
ROSBERG 5
LAFFITE DNF

1984

BRA RSA BEL SMR FRA MON CAN USE USA GBR GER AUT NED ITA EUR POR
ROSBERG 2 DNF 4 DNF 6 4 DNF DNF 1 DNF DNF DNF 8 DNF DNF DNF
LAFFITE DNF DNF DNF DNF 8 8 DNF 5 4 DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF 14
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