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Ayrton Senna Special: Technical Analysis 1: The Toleman TG183 (1984)

  • Published on 09 Apr 2019 19:00
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

During the 1984 season, Ayrton drove his debut year with two different Toleman cars. The TG183 had shown potential in 1983 by finishing its last four Grands Prix in the points. Derek Warwick scored the best result fColemanman with a fourth place at Zandvoort. Warwick repeated this trick at the Grand Prix of South Africa on Kyalami.

At the start of the 1984 season Toleman used this TG183. The 1984 car was a further development and was therefore called the TG183B. This car was designed by the South African Rory Byrne.

The car first made its debut in 1982 and was driven by Derek Warwick. The highlight of this car was the double rear wing that was used. This double rear wing was only introduced on the car in 1983, the TG183 which drove the last two races of the 1982 season with a 'normal' rear wing.

The TG183B eventually accumulated 12 points. Ayrton finished sixth in the 1984 South African and Belgian Grand Prix. In total only three specs of the Toleman TG183B were built. The chassis TG183-02 was used by Derek Warwick in 1983. The same chassis was used by Ayrton Senna during the first four races of the 1984 season. 

Technical data of the TG183: 

Chassis:

Chassis : carbon fibre monocoque with semi-stressed engine
Front suspension : double whisbones, pull-rod actuated coil springs over vapors
Rear suspension : double whisbones, push-rod actuated coil springs over vapors
Steering : rack-and pinion
Brakes : internally ventilated and cross-drilled discs, all-round
Gearbox : Hewland FGB 5 speed Manual 
Drive : Rear wheel drive
Weight : 540 kilo
Wheelbase : 2.692 mm (106 in) / 1.848 mm (72.8 in) / 1.683 mm (66.3 in)

Engine: 

Configuration : Heart 415T Straight 4
Location : Mid, longitudinally mounted
Weight : 136 kilo
Construction : aluminium block and head
Displacement : 1,459 cc
Compression : 7.1:1
Valvetrain : 4 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Camshaft : Belt driven 
Fuel feed : Lucas Fuel Injection
Aspiration : Garrett Turbo
Power : 580 bhp @ 9,500 rpm
Torque : 385 Nm @ 7,500 rpm

 

Ayrton Senna Special: Part 1 - Ayrton and karting - The early years
Ayrton Senna Special: Part 2 - Ayrton and karting - International

Ayrton Senna Special: Part 3 - Ayrton and karting - The tough trip in Buenos Aires
Ayrton Senna Special: Part 4 - Ayrton and karting - The last race
Ayrton Senna Special: Part 5 - Ayrton in Europe - Formula Ford 1600 and the battle with Rick Morris

Ayrton Senna Special: Part 6 - Ayrton in Europe - A glorious year in Formula Ford 200
Ayrton Senna Special: Part 7 - Ayrton in British Formula 3 - Senna in a class of his own
Ayrton Senna Special: Part 8 - Ayrton in British Formula 3 - First signs of pressure and dirt game 
Ayrton Senna Special: Part 9 - Ayrton in British Formula 3 - Shame at Oulton Park and another title
Ayrton Senna Special Exclusive Interview: Allen Berg: Ayrton drove against the British system
Ayrton Senna Special: Part 10 - Ayrton as a test driver - The first experience in a Formula 1 car
Ayrton Senna Special: Part 11 - Ayrton as a test driver - A selection of different teams
Ayrton Senna Special: Part 12 - Ayrton at Toleman - Why the choice for Toleman was the right one
Ayrton Senna Special: Part 13 - Ayrton at Toleman - Monaco Grand Prix - Stefan was faster
Ayrton Senna Special: Part 14 - Ayrton at Toleman - Monaco Grand Prix - Post-race
Ayrton Senna Special: Part 15 - Ayrton at Toleman - Competitive in a new car with two podiums

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