The Fittipaldi brothers -- Emerson and Wilson -- unveiled their latest brain-child in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, on Wednesday (16 October).
The Fittipaldi brothers -- Emerson and Wilson -- unveiled their latest brain-child in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, on Wednesday (16 October). It is a brand new Formula One racing car and President Geisel of Brazil was present at the ceremony.
This venture comes at a time there are indications of declining sponsorship for motor-racing. Although John Player, Texaco, Marlboro, the French petroleum company Elf and Wills are all backing Formula One teams for 1975, Yardley, Firestone and Rothmans have already disappeared. New sponsors are not coming forward as enthusiastically as they did in the past.
However, the Fittipaldi car is well supported, both by the brothers themselves and Copersucar -- a giant Brazilian sugar export co-operative.
Wilson Fittipaldi built the new racer, which Legins trials later this month. He will also drive it during the 1975 season.
His brothers reported to have fed him with advice and technical instruction for the project throughout his very successful year driving for the McLaren team, which brought him his second World Driver's Championship.
Emerson Fittipaldi has replaced the retired fooballer, Pele, as Brazil's number-one sporting hero.
SYNOPSIS: Wilson Fittipaldi will begin testing later this month and he'll drive the car during the 1975 Grand prix season. During 1974 his brother helped the project by supplying data on the latest European technical developments. The Fittipaldi car has a British-made engine, brakes and gearbox. But the Brazilian Government contributed wind-tunnel facilities and alloy components were made at the state-run aircraft factory.
The Fittipaldi brothers have a reputation for being not only excellent drivers, but also first-class mechanics. They've designed cars since the late 1950's. Their latest effort -- built to challenge the giants of the Formula One scene next year -- is reported to have cost about one hundred and twenty-five thousand pounds sterling