This collection of parts from the Prost Grand Prix Team includes an original Peugeot A18 3.0 V10 engine and matching gearbox, a Prost Formula 1 AP02 chassis/tub, and a variety of other parts including BBS F1 wheels, brake rotors and calipers, and a large numbers of gears, camshafts, radiators, etc.
Prost Grand Prix was a Formula 1 team that consistently showed promise over the course of their 1997 to 2001 operations. The team was headed by (and named after) four-time Formula One Drivers’ Champion Alain Prost, they scored three podiums and they scored points every year with the exception of the 2000 season.
Fast Facts – A Prost F1 Car Parts Haul
- This collection from Prost Grand Prix includes an engine, chassis tub, gearbox, and a slew of other parts – more than enough to form the foundation of a full F1 car rebuild.
- Prost Grand Prix was founded by four-time Formula One Drivers’ Champion Alain Prost, and they raced from 1997 until 2001.
- All Prost F1 cars were powered by 3.0 liter V10 engines, initially the Mugen-Honda MF-301HB V10, followed by the Peugeot A16, A18, and A20 V10s, and finally by the Acer 01A V10 – a rebadged Ferrari engine.
- The team had shown great promise, particularly early on in their operations, however by 2001 the writing was on the wall and the team was acquired by an investment firm.
The Prost AP02 by Prost Grand Prix
The collection of parts you see here are from chassis #004 from Prost Grand Prix’s 1999 season. The team’s drivers were Olivier Panis and Jarno Trulli, with the best result being a 2nd place podium finish for Trulli at the 1999 European Grand Prix.
Thanks in no small part to Formula 1 engineering legend John Barnard being brought on board as a consultant, the team enjoyed a notable improvement over their previous year’s performance. The reliability of the car’s drivetrain would remain a problem however, with each driver retiring at least half a dozen times over the 16 race season.
The car was powered by the Peugeot A18, a 3.0 liter V10 with a 72º bank angle that was capable of 785 bhp at 15,700 rpm. Power was sent to the rear wheels via a Prost 6-speed longitudinal sequential semi-automatic transmission, and as was standard at the time the car has a carbon fibre composite structure.
The team would finish 7th overall with 9 points, their best result since 1997. In 2001 the team was sold to Phoenix Finance, the plan was to combine the Prost and Arrows F1 teams into a single outfit, however this plan fell apart as the FIA would view the team as a new entry, resulting in a stiff entry fee being due before they could race.
Over the course of the team’s relatively short history they had a number of significant F1 drivers including Olivier Panis, Jarno Trulli, Jean Alesi, Nick Heidfeld, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, and future F1 World Champion Jenson Button would have his first official test session in a Prost AP02 in late 1999.
This collection of parts includes several major components of a Prost AP02 car, it’ll make an excellent source of parts for an existing Prost AP02 owner, alternatively it’ll make a fascinating project for anyone who wants to put in the time hunting for the additional parts needed to rebuild it into a track-ready F1 car.
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Dirk de Jager ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
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