Nannini’s Benetton F1 B188 Car is Up for Grabs
Italian racing driver Alessandro Nannini began his motorsport career in the ‘70s in rallying. He was good. The youngster raced his way up through Formula 2, proved himself at Minardi, and by 1988 found himself sitting in a Benetton F1 car. This is that very car … well, at least one of the ’88 cars … and it’s up for sale on eBay. Need something spicy to drive on the weekend? This might be the car to do it. RELATED: Check out more photos of the 1988 Benetton B188 F1 car
Designed by Rory Byrne for the ’88 F1 season, the Benetton F1 B188 exclusively boasted Ford’s 3.5-liter DFR V8, a descendent of the legendary Ford Cosworth DFV engine. The new V8 produced around 620 horsepower, which it fed to the track through a six-speed manual gearbox. While it doesn’t exactly have that instant recognition of the McLarens of the period, the colorful Benetton sports a livery you aren’t apt to forget.
And as F1 cars go, it performed remarkably well for the young Benetton team. The B188 never came away with any wins, but did earn the team a third spot in the constructor’s championship (39 points) behind McLaren and Ferrari. Third was about as high as the car would reach, though. In 1988, Nannini drove the B188 to a pair of 3rd place finishes, while teammate Thierry Boutsen nabbed the bottom step of the podium five times.
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Interestingly, Nannini’s only F1 victory came at the controversial 1989 Japanese Grand Prix – you know, the race where Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna collided at the final chicane. Senna would unofficially win, but following his disqualification, second-place Nannini came away with the trophy … in a Benetton B189.
The ad states that the car is located in Japan; however it doesn’t list which races it participated in. Upon selling, the Benetton can be shipped to Los Angeles at no additional cost, which is handy because at $349,900 … it’s already quite pricy.
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