1988 – McLaren-Honda MP4/4
Another Murray creation, the low-slung McLaren driven by Senna and Prost was the class of the field. After 1988 turbo engines were banned but that still couldn’t slow it down.
1970 – Lotus 72
Just one of Colin Chapman’s countless revolutionary cars, the 72 was the first to ditch the ‘cigar’ in favour of a dart-like shape with side radiators that set the template for modern F1 cars. Another first on the 72 was in-board brakes.
1974 – Brabham BT44
The unique angular design for Gordon Murray didn’t just catch the eye, it won championships by being built on sound aerodynamic principles.
1978 – JPS Lotus 79
The iconic Chapman wing car that instantly made all other cars obsolete had a compact Ford-Cosworth V8 engine to aid the narrow fuselage with wide pontoons for maximum ground effect.
1983 – Brabham-BMW BT52
Cars built after ground effect was banned needed fresh thinking to still be competitive with reduced downforce. Murray pioneered the first pit-stop car that ran the beastly turbo BMW motor.
1992 – Williams-Renault FW14B
That’s until Adrian Newey and Patrick Head created the most dominant, technologically advanced F1 car ever made. Traction control, fully developed active suspension, V10 power: devastatingly fast.
2000 – Ferrari F2001
Another South African, Rory Byrne, is responsible for the highly effective design that dominated at the hands of Michael Schumacher from 2000 to 2004. Great management by Todt, Brawn and superior equipment proved unbeatable.
2010 – Red Bull Renault RB6
Regulations of the era meant it looked awkward, but Adrian Newey’s aerodynamic talents ensured it had unprecedented levels of downforce. It, and evolutions of the RB6, would dominate the grid for the next four years.
2016 – Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid
The Ross Brawn, Paddy Lowe, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton dynasty was built on the best hybrid power unit, aided with a complex aerodynamic package. It’s proven unbeatable for half a decade.