The Coloni-Subaru Formula One car (1990). In 1990 an unexpected contract with Subaru, the automobile branch of Fuji Heavy Industries, brought substantial financial backing to Coloni and additionally an exclusive "works" engine for free. The Japanese took over 51% of Coloni formula, paid the debts and supported the new alliance with a brand new, unique engine. It was a flat-12 engine which in fact was penned by Carlo Chiti. Chiti's Motori Moderni company at Novara had supplied V6 turbo engines for the Minardi team from 1985 to 1987, and in 1988 Chiti had penned a normally aspirated V12 engine that attracted Subaru. In late 1988, the Japanese commissioned Chiti to design a new Formula One engine with a "flat" layout — as used in their road cars — that was ready in the summer of 1989. The engine, now with a Subaru badge, was tested in a Minardi M188 chassis but due to a severe lack of power Minardi very soon lost interest. After a few months of searching, Subaru found the Coloni team. Eventually, the "Subaru Coloni" Team was founded with Enzo Coloni staying on board as the man for operational business.
By the beginning of 1990, the "Subaru" flat engine was not producing more than 500 bhp, so the Coloni Subaru was one of the least competitive machines regularly competing in Formula One in 1990 (eclipsed only by the even slower Life car). #vintageracing #vintage #classicracing #classic #history #racing #racer #oldschool #olddays #oldtimes #oldstyle #oneofakind #respect #legend #passion #champion #winner #worldchampion #scuderiacoloni #colonif1 #subaru #wrx #carlochiti #motorimoderni #enzocoloni #beforeitstime #gonebutnotforgotten