The sun was by now setting on the turbo era and new technical restrictions on turbocharged pressures and fuel consumption were limiting the power of the engines. Even the name of the 1988 car reflects its close similarity with the previous model, as it wasn’t considered necessary to create a whole new car for the turbo engine because the new normally aspirated model designed by Barnard had already been worked on for quite some time. The result was that the F1-87/88C was the last single-seater to adopt the turbocharged six-cylinder.

Just one win brightened an otherwise bland 1988 season. This was a real disappointment after the very positive end to the previous one with Berger and Alboreto’s double at Monza on September 11. Enzo Ferrari had passed away less than a month before, on August 14, not long after his 90th birthday and the double had seemed the perfect homage to his memory. Ferrari was the only team to have broken McLaren vicelike grip on victory (the latter had taken 15 of the 16 Grands Prix!) and despite the fact that the Scuderia scored just one victory, it still came second in the Constructors’ Championship courtesy of a host of good placings.

Type rear, longitudinal 90° V6
Bore/stroke 81 x 48.4 mm
Unitary displacement 249.40 cc
Total displacement 1496.43 cc
Compression ratio 10 : 1
Maximum power 456 kW (620 hp) at 12,000 rpm
Power per litre 414 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 Kevlar and carbon-fibre composite monocoque
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 6-speed + reverse
Steering rack-and-pinion
Fuel tank capacity 150 litres
Front tyres 25.0-10.0-13
Rear tyres 26.0-15.0-13