FW06 Vs. FW20

The FW06 was the first car Patrick Head designed for Williams Grand Prix Engneering. Twenty years and 9 constructor’s championships later his latest challenger, the FW20, took to the tracks. How much has Formula One changed in the intervening years? The following table outlines the differences (and any similarities) between the two cars.

FW06 (1978) FW20 (1998)
Engine
Type Ford Cosworth DFV Mecachrome GC37-01
Configuration V8 90° V10 71°
Capacity 2993cc 3000cc
Transmission Hewland FGA 400
straight-cut
five-speed gearbox
Six-speed Williams
transverse semi-automatic
Chassis
Construction Fibre-glass bodywork
Tubular spaceframe
Carbon Aramid
epoxy composite
Front Track 62in 1460mm
Rear Track 60in 1400mm
Wheelbase 100in 2914mm
Length 166in 4392mm
Ancillaries
Wheels 13 x 10.5 front
13 x 15 rear
13 x 11.5 front
13 x 13.7 rear
Tyres Goodyear crossplies Goodyear Eagle radials
Other
Drivers Alan Jones Jacques Villeneuve
Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Sponsors Saudia Airlines
TAG
Albilad
Leyland Vehicles
Winfield
Veltins
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