Formula I racing cars AP-04: the team “Prost Grand Prix”. This Formula 1 racing car participated in the 2001 World Championship. AP-04 became the latest model in the history of the team “Prost Grand Prix”. The engine and transmission from Ferrari were installed on the chassis. The title sponsor of the team is the computer company “Acer”. The best result of the team is the fifth place at the Canadian Grand Prix.
The Prost AP04 was the car with which the Prost team competed in the 2001 Formula One World Championship. The car was powered by the engine from the previous year’s Ferrari car – badged as an Acer in deference to the team’s new title sponsor – and ran on Michelin tyres. Over the course of the season the car was raced by five drivers: French veteran Jean Alesi, Argentine Gastón Mazzacane, Brazilian Luciano Burti, German Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Czech Tomáš Enge.
Background and design
For Prost, 2001 was a season of struggle as Alain Prost tried to keep the team going. Initially, things looked quite promising after the catastrophic 2000 season, with the Diniz family becoming shareholders and bringing Parmalat sponsorship to the team. The AP04 also used a customer 2000-spec Ferrari engine and transmission, although the former was badged as an Acer in deference to the team’s title sponsor. Prost was also one of several teams to opt for the new Michelin tyres on the French company’s return to the sport. Alesi set fast times in winter testing, and the car appeared to show capable speed.
Vadim Zadorozhny’s Museum of Equipment, Moscow
Years of production: 2001
Country of origin: France
Weight: 600 kg
Speed: 320 km / h
Chassis: Carbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension (front): torsion bars, dampers
Suspension (rear): torsion bars, dampers
Engine: Acer-badged Ferrari Tipo 049 3.0-litre V10 (90°) NA mid-engine
Transmission: Ferrari 7-speed titanium and carbon longitudinal semi-automatic sequential
Power: 825 hp @ 17,300 rpm