The Lambo 291 car was the attempt to enter Formula 1 as chassis manufacturers for Lamborghini. The Italian automotive manufacturer tested the soil unofficially under the banner of Modena Team run privately by Carlo Patrucco and backed by wealthy Mexican businessman Fernando González Luna. Lamborghini had established a Formula One division in 1988, — Lamborghini Engineering — to oversee their burgeoning Formula One programme and they entered F1 as engine supplier in 1989. In 1987 Lamborghini had hired Mauro Forghieri, former famous Ferrari F1 designer, to develop V12 F1 engine. Forghieri, with the assistance of Mario Tolentino, was also responsible for the Lambo 291 chassis design. The car turned out beautiful, outwardly very unusual, with its distinctive blue colour scheme, triangular sidepods and slanting radiators. Former Italian Formula 3 champion, Coloni and Osella driver Nicola Larini, and 1990 International F3000 runner-up Eric van de Poele were signed as the team’s drivers. Larini drove the 291 to promising 7th place in its debut race at the United States Grand Prix. But since then both Larini and van der Poele struggled for starting slot and usually failed to get through pre-qualifying or qualifying. By season’s end, Modena Team SpA were in debt and with Lamborghini no longer providing financial aid. After some rumors on independent Modena team, merger with the Larrousse, or even with Reynard’s stillborn F1 project, the team finally disappeared before the 1992 season.
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