In 1987, after McLaren dominated the 1984, 1985 and 1986 seasons, Scuderia Ferrari poached the team’s designer, John Barnard. Partnering up with Austrian engineer Gustav Brunner, Barnard developed the new F1/87, which would help to put Ferrari back atop the podium after years spent struggling in Formula 1.
The F1/87 featured a new ‘Tipo 033’ turbocharged 1.5-liter V6 engine, which replaced the Tipo 032 that had powered the previous year’s F1/86. In race spec the engine produced around 880 horsepower, however in qualifying the engine could produce as much as 950 horsepower. The car also had slimmer bodywork than the F1/86 and drivers reported better handling than the outgoing car.
The F1/87 powered Gerhard Berger to two wins at the Japanese and Australian Grand Prix in 1987 and also a second place finish at the Portugese GP. Teammate Michele Alboreto, meanwhile, scored two third place finishes in San Morino and Montreal and a second place finish in Australia.
There’s a lot more to know about the F1/87 and Scuderia Ferrari in 1987, so check out Carfection’s video history lesson on the Ferrari F1/87 embedded above