The FW07 F1 car launched in the spring of 1979. Williams' designer Patrick Head jumped on the ground-effects bandwagon, Taking inspiration from the ground breaking Lotus 79. The monocoque was constructed from an aluminium honeycomb and it was considerably stiffer than that of the Lotus. The suspension was conventional by double wishbones, but with very stiff springs to cope with the huge increase in downforce. The package was rounded off by the Ford Cosworth DFV 3Litre engine.
Arriving too late to be a force in the 1979 F1 championship, minor problems hampered the FW07s early career, but it was immediately obvious that Williams had produced a winner. These problems were sorted over the winter and the FW07b was ready for the start of the 1980 F1 season.
The Alan Jones, Carlos Reutemann driver pairing won six Grands Prix and Jones took the driver's championship with his team-mate finishing third. Not surprisingly Williams were crowned constructor's champions at the end of the 1980 season having scored almost three times as much points as the nearest rival.
This model has a removable componant engine cover revealing the detailed internals of the car.
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