De Tomaso 505/38

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De Tomaso 505/38
Paris - Retromobile 2012 - De Tomaso 505 - 1970 - 001.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor De Tomaso
Designer(s) Gian Paolo Dallara
Predecessor F1 / 801
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Aluminium monocoque
Engine Ford Cosworth DFV 2,993 cc (182.6 cu in) V8 NA mid-engined
Transmission Hewland DG300 5 speed
Weight 563 kg (1,241.2 lb)
Fuel Castrol
Tyres Dunlop
Competition history
Notable entrants Frank Williams Racing Cars
Notable drivers United Kingdom Piers Courage
United Kingdom Brian Redman
Australia Tim Schenken
Debut 1970 South African Grand Prix
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
n.b. Unless otherwise stated, all data refer to
Formula One World Championship Grands Prix only.

The De Tomaso 505/38 is a Formula One racing car model, designed by Gian Paolo Dallara for Italian car-manufacturer De Tomaso and raced during the 1970 Formula One season by Frank Williams Racing Cars.

The car was uncompetitive on debut, failing to finish or be classified the first four races of the year. Disaster struck at the following Dutch Grand Prix. Driver Piers Courage was killed in an accident that saw his De Tomaso 505 flip and catch fire. The loss deeply upset Williams; the distance the team principal now places between himself and his drivers has been attributed to this event.

The car never managed to be classified in a World Championship race, finishing only twice, in Monaco and Canada, twelve and eleven laps behind the winner respectively.

De Tomaso 505 at the 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed
The wreck of Piers Courage's 505/38 after his fatal accident at the 1970 Dutch Grand Prix

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]


Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Points WCC
1970 Frank Williams Racing Cars Ford Cosworth DFV
3.0 V8
Piers Courage Ret DNS NC Ret Ret
Brian Redman DNS DNQ
Tim Schenken Ret Ret NC Ret

Non-Championship Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engines Tyres Drivers 1 2 3
1970 Frank Williams Racing Cars Ford V8 D ROC INT OUL
Piers Courage 3
Tim Schenken DNA


  1. ^ "De Tomaso 505". Retrieved 28 January 2015.