The team was formed in 1975 by Mike Ralph and John Macdonald, with RAM derived from their names. In 1983 RAM made its first own chassis, RAM 01, and competed in Formula One with its own designed and built cars for three seasons – 1983, 1984, and 1985. RAM 03 was new modern-concept car designed by Gustav Brunner. It had slim-line monocoque bodywork, was low and light, and was powered by 740 hp Hart engine. French Philippe Alliot remained with RAM from 1984, and the second car was given to German Manfred Winkelhock, known for his three-year drive for ATS and sports and touring cars career. The reliability of the RAM 03 was its weak point, and both Alliot and Winkelhock had to retire in most of their starts. Winkelhock was killed in the summer of 1985 when he crashed heavily at Mosport Park of Bowmanville near Toronto, Ontario, Canada, during the Budweiser 1000 km World Endurance Championship event, driving a Porsche 962C for Kremer Racing. Kenny Acheson was recalled briefly to take the second RAM car, before the team slimmed down to a single entry.
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