What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?
Illustration for article titled Coloni Subaru, Subarus failed attempt at F1

As some may know I want UEL headers on my boxer, but this is a Subaru boxer that doesn't need UEL headers. Cause this Subi flat 12 sounds amazing without them!!! Although, this is a pretty sexy looking engine, it isn't great, when compared to F1 standards. Compared to Honda V10s and Ferrari V12s, making close to 700hp, this only made a mere 600hp. It also was unreliable. . . so it wasn't great. The idea behind the boxer was the fact that it could be mounted low. Then they remembered the exhaust has to come out somewhere, so it wasn't mounted as low as it could be. It also didn't help the car was a heavy, I blame the engine.

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Illustration for article titled Coloni Subaru, Subarus failed attempt at F1

This was the guy who made the engine. His name is Carlo Chiti, and he has nothing to do with Subaru. He was actually hired by Subaru in 1988 to make a F1 engine. He used to make V6s for Minardi F1 team. The engine was given to Minardi M188, but they thought 600 hp was pretty weak for a F1 engine. You would think a man with so much experience that he could do better. The engine was later given to these guys. . .

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Illustration for article titled Coloni Subaru, Subarus failed attempt at F1

The team Subaru was with was made by some guy named Enzo Coloni. With a man with such an Italian name you would think his team would be amazing. . . nope. The team competed in 14 races, in 5 years of racing, not winning a single race. Their 1990 car obviously had the Subaru flat 12 and a transverse gearbox. It was pretty unreliable. Mostly due to engine problems. After not doing much(0 wins or podium finishes) in the season Subaru pulled out of F1 in July 1990. :'(

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The worst part about this is that the team replaced the engine with a Cosworth DFR V8. So I have no idea where this engine is, and we will probably never hear this engine again. It doesn't help that I can't find ANY videos on YouTube. This is the best I can do.

So now the search is on to see what happened to this engine. I really hope it is still out there, in a museum of some sort because I have an FRS that is craving for a bit more power.

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