General data  
Grand Prix season/s 1981
Racing drivers Gilles Villeneuve, Didier Pironi
Race numbers Gilles Villeneuve : 27 Didier Pironi : 28
VIN span 049B – 054
Number produced 5
Technical Specifications  
Chassis Monocoque with aluminium tubular frame additionally reinforced with aluminium sheets
Length 4468 mm
Width 2110 mm
Height 1025 mm
Wheelbase 2718 mm
Front track 1700 mm
Rear track 1685 mm
Front suspension Independent wheel suspension, double delta wishbones, inside mounted spring-shock absorber unit, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension Independent wheel suspension, delta wishbones at the bottom, a-arms at the top, inside and upright mounted spring-shock absorber unit, anti-roll bar anti-roll bar
Front tyres 13“, 22/59 – 13
Rear tyres 13“, 38/66 – 13
Tyres Michelin radial slicks
Wheels Speedline light alloy wheels
Front brakes Brembo ventilated and drilled steel disc brakes, Lockheed 4-pod callipers
Rear brakes Brembo ventilated and drilled steel disc brakes, Lockheed 4-pod callipers
Weight 600 kg, including oil and water
Fuel tank 210 litres
Body material Plastic material
Type 021 – mid-engine
Number of cylinders V6 – 120°
Displacement 1496,4 ccm
Bore and stroke 81 x 48,4 mm
Camshaft 2 overhead per cylinderbank
Valves 4 per cylinder
Valve control Valve springs
Compression ratio 6,7:1
Lubrication Dry sump
Ignition Magneti Marelli Raceplex
Fuel management Lucas indirect injection, 2 KKK turbocharger, 1 Wastegate valve
Maximum power Approx. 580 hp – 11.000 rpm
Gearbox 5 gears + rev., transverse installed
Clutch Multi disc clutch
Engine weight  
Director of Gestione Sportiva Marco Piccinini
Design engineer/s Mauro Forghieri, Harvey Postlethwaite
  049B, 050, 051, 052, 053, 054
Good to know:

  • 5th place Constructors World Championship with 34 points
  • 7th place in Drivers World Championship by Gilles Villeneuve with 25 points
  • Two Grand Prix victories by Gilles Villeneuve