A graduate engineer from the University of Buenos Aires, Scalabroni arrived in Formula 1 racing with Williams in 1985 and worked as Patrick Head's assistant designer until June 1989 when he was hired by Ferrari to be head of its chassis design department. A year later he was dropped but reappeared as technical director of Team Lotus in December 1990. By August the following year he had departed and the following autumn was named as chief designer of the Il Barone Rampante F1 team. The car was never built and in April 1992 he joined Peugeot Sport to work on the sportscar program. He left the team in May 1993 but popped up again in F1 in the middle of 1994 when he was hired to design a car for Ikuzawa International. That project also failed to get off the ground and he was later linked to another abortive F1 program by the Durango team. While continuing to have F1 ambitions Scalabroni worked as a freelance designer in the junior formula and also in road car design, being involved in the De Tomaso Mangusta in 1999. In 2000 he led Asiatech in its takeover of the Peugeot Sport engine programme and became technical director. There were plans to start a full F1 team but the money could not be found and at the end of 2002 the company closed down and Scalabroni joined a new Formula 3000 team called Barcelona Competicion, acquiring the assets of Nordic Racing.