The 2002 season was the year when long-time Formula One resident Arrow had disappeared from the entry lists. The last Arrows car, A23, was designed by Mike Coughlan and powered by a Cosworth V10 engine rather than the Asiatech unit found in the prior years A22. The car was painted in the livery of the team’s major sponsor, Orange, and was piloted by Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Enrique Bernoldi. Team scored only 2 points in 2002 – Frentzen finished 6th in Spain and Monaco. Mounting debts and legal issues forced the team to pull out of Formula One following the 2002 German Grand Prix. The A23 chassis and intellectual property rights to them were bought by Paul Stoddart, then the head of the Minardi team. Stoddard renamed the car the Minardi PS04, but it was not used in races due to negative PR from running a “pure-Arrows”. The cars were modified using Arrows intellectual property and elements from the Arrows A23 for the 2004 season. The resulting car was called the Minardi PS04B. Four years later, in 2006, the new Super Aguri F1 team bought remaining unmodified A23 cars from Minardi. Super Aguri ran them, with some minor modifications, as the Super Aguri SA05 during the first half of the 2006 Formula One season.
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