The Ex-Toranosuke Takagi Formula 3000-winning Reynard,1994-95 Reynard-Mugen 94D Formula 3000 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 94D-002

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Lot 315Ω
The Ex-Toranosuke Takagi Formula 3000-winning Reynard,1994-95 Reynard-Mugen 94D Formula 3000 Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. 94D-002

£ 12,000 - 14,000
US$ 15,000 - 17,000
Amended
The Ex-Toranosuke Takagi Formula 3000-winning Reynard
1994-95 Reynard-Mugen 94D Formula 3000 Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. 94D-002

Footnotes

  • Reynard Motorsport was at one time the world's largest racing car manufacturer, producing brilliantly successful cars for Formula Ford 1600, and 2000, Formula Vauxhall-Lotus, Formula 3, Formula 3000 and even American Indianapolis-type ChampCar competition. With extensive production facilities initially at Bicester in England and later at Reynard Park, Brackley, the company had been founded by engineer Adrian Reynard in 1973 - initially as Sabre Automotive Ltd.
    The company built upon minor formulae success and especially in Formula Ford in which Adrian Reynard himself was a leading driver. By March 1994 the company was making a big impact in American ChampCar speedway racing in 1999 Reynard became a co-development partner with British American Racing – BAR - in creating its early Formula 1 cars.
    Reynard had built a reputation for being a marque whose cars won upon their racing debut - having achieved first time out in Formula Ford 1600, Formula Ford 2000, Formula 3 in1985, Formula Atlantic, Formula 3000 (1988) and even ChampCar (1994). Reynard coprnered the Formula 3000 market and effectively wiped out sales of rival March, Lola and Ralt cars within that category. As a result of its success the company recieved the prestigious Queen's Awards for Export Achievement in 1990 and 1996.

    This particular Formula 3000 Reynard was used during the 1994 and 1995 All-Japan Formula 3000 Championship series by the Nakajima Planning team with drivers Masahiko Kagayama, Yasutaka Hinoi and Toranosuke Takagi. It was powered by the Honda-derived Mugen MF308 V8 engine and ran on Bridgestone tyres and with PIAA sponsorship.

    In 1994, Toranosuke Takagi stepped up from Formula 3 to Formula 3000 for two races and in 1995, he finished in fifth place on the Mine circuit and then his first won at Sugo with this particular Reynard 94D. He finished second in the overall Japanese Formula 3000 Championship in 1995, and this car therefore helped him building the platform from which he progressed to become a fully-fledged Formula 1 driver in 1998.

    ‘Tora’ was the protégé of past Tyrrell, Team Lotus and Honda Formula 1 driver Satoru Nakajima who had maintained close links with Ken Tyrrell and it was ‘Nakajap’ who recommended the young driver to the British team owner in 1997. Takagi had shone in karting and Formula Toyota, before joining the TOM's Formula 3 team as an 18-year old in 1993. The driver he replaced was Jacques Villeneuve – the French-Canadian future World Champion. Nakajima then ran him in Formula 3000 the following year, where he proved a pacesetter.
    Driving for the Tyrrell F1 team in 1998, and Arrows in 1999, Takagi often impressed with his speed. Takagi returned to Formula Nippon in 2000, later driving in the American CART series followed by the Indy Racing League.

Saleroom notices

  • The images for lot 315 are incorrect in the catalogue - the images have been incorrectly placed on lot 316. The car will be subject to 17.5% import duty on the hammer price and buyer's premium.
The Ex-Toranosuke Takagi Formula 3000-winning Reynard,1994-95 Reynard-Mugen 94D Formula 3000 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 94D-002
The Ex-Toranosuke Takagi Formula 3000-winning Reynard,1994-95 Reynard-Mugen 94D Formula 3000 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 94D-002
The Ex-Toranosuke Takagi Formula 3000-winning Reynard,1994-95 Reynard-Mugen 94D Formula 3000 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 94D-002
The Ex-Toranosuke Takagi Formula 3000-winning Reynard,1994-95 Reynard-Mugen 94D Formula 3000 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 94D-002
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