1986 was the second season for West Zakspeed Racing in Formula One. The team was founded by Erich Zakowski in 1968 to race in the German Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (DRM) series, a predecessor of the current DTM. In F1 times Zakspeed was run by Erich’s son Peter Zakowski. The team entered Formula One in 1985 with their own turbo-charged engine which was used (with some modifications) until 1989. The 861, second F1 car for the German team, designed by Paul Brawn was conventional F1 vehicle of the period. It was built around carbon fibre monocoque, the suspension was double wishbone all round, operating springs and dampers by pullrods. Power was provided by Zakspeed’s own 4 cylinder 1500/4 turbo engine which was rated at about 850 bhp. The car, painted in red and white livery of the title cigarette sponsor West, was too heavy and short on power comparing to the top teams. British driver Jonathan Palmer drove for Zakspeed for the second year, while the second seat of 1985 season was taken by Dutch Huub Rothengatter, who replaced Christian Danner and brought some funding to the team. Zakspeed best finish in 16 races was 8th for Palmer at Detroit and another for Rothengatter in Austria.
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