>This year's Pacific must surely rank amongst the "all time dogs" of Grand
>Prix cars. 35mph (!!!) slower than a Ferrari on the straights of Monza,
>and even the team admits that a brick is better aerodynamically than their
>Can anyone offer other worthy candidates for the title?
How about the Andrea Moda in '92 (btw it was designed by Nick Wirth).
They were able to pre-qualify only once (Monaco?). I think they were
something like 3 to 4 seconds slower than any other cars even amongst
the pre-qualifiers. They had also some really bad financial probs, that
led to a trial against the team manager, after he was arrested for
forging some documents (!!).
I think they must be one of the all-time tail-enders of the teams.
Or what could you say about a team, that had only one set of
dry-weather tires for one gp (Silverstone?), since they thought
it was going to be a wet race. So McCarthy had to try to pre-qualify
with wet weather tires on dry.
I am not 100% sure, but I remember they were excluded from the series
because they were not able to run both cars competively.
And that was the team McCarthy wanted to get so badly that he sold his
house.. Too bad.
I think that the designing team (SimTek designs) was partially
owned at that time by either Max or Bernie (and sold his part of it
during the season).
Ps. Not 100% sure of all the facts, since I don't have a factbook
right here, just typing from memory.