SEPTEMBER 30, 1996
Lamy's big accident
Prior to the crash Lamy had been busy testing the latest Ford Cosworth V8 engine - codenamed the ED3. This is the engine with which Ford hopes to run a customer engine program next year. The ED3 is claimed to have 50 horsepower more than the current unit with better acceleration and a faster top speed. Before the crash - caused by a wheel failure - Lamy had lapped nearly a second faster with the new unit than he was able to do with the old engine.
The car was destroyed, but Minardi had a spare monocoque back at its Faenza base, and this is to be built up in preparation for the Japanese Grand Prix.