The single-seater was more or less completely new, even though previous year’s model was used as a starting point. The exterior modifications were more obvious with a large fairing incorporating the roll-bar, while the internal air ducts for cooling the radiator and the heat exchangers remained virtually unchanged. The form of the suspension components was changed but the geometry was untouched. The driver’s position was, barely possible though it may seem, brought even further forward, while the engine power was boosted still further thanks to increased turbocharged pressure, and the car performed particularly impressively in qualifying.

Despite this enormous technical effort, 1986 brought no wins at all for Ferrari. The best result, in fact, was Alboreto’s second position in Austria, but the F1-86 simply couldn’t compete on a par with the Scuderia’s main rivals (McLaren, Lotus and Williams). The title went to Alain Prost once again in the very last race, snatching it from under the noses of Piquet and Mansell. The Scuderia came fourth in the Constructors’ Championship with 37 points, over 100 points behind World Champion McLaren.

Type rear, longitudinal 120° V6
Bore/stroke 81 x 48.4 mm
Unitary displacement 249.40 cc
Total displacement 1496.43 cc
Compression ratio 7.5 : 1
Maximum power 625 kW (850 hp) at 11,500 rpm
Power per litre 568 hp/l
Maximum torque -
Valve actuation twin overhead camshafts per bank, four valves per cylinder
Fuel feed twin turbos, Weber-Marelli electronic indirect injection
Ignition electronic, single spark plug per cylinder
Lubrication dry sump
Clutch multi-plate
Frame monocoque, Kevlar and carbon-fibre composite structure
Front suspension independent pull-rod, twin wishbones, inboard springs over telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension independent pull-rod, twin wishbones, inboard springs over telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Brakes discs
Transmission 5-speed + reverse
Steering rack-and-pinion
Fuel tank capacity 195 litres
Front tyres 25.0-10.0-13
Rear tyres 26.0-15.0-13