Take a Ride in Emerson Fittipaldi's 1978 Cosworth-Powered F1 Car

Emerson and his brother Wilson designed and built their own F1 cars in the late 1970s. This one still gets exercised on track today.

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During Emerson Fittipaldi's later years in F1, he pivoted from driving other manufacturers' cars to piloting his own. In 1974, Emerson and his brother, Wilson, founded Fittipaldi Automotive, and began competing cars of their own design under their own banner. Their cars never won any races, but they sure did sound good.

Shown above, Fittipaldi driving an F5A at Zandvoort during the 1978 Dutch Grand Prix.

This car, the Fittipaldi F5A, competed in F1 in 1978 and 1979, featuring ground-effects aerodynamics and a Ford-Cosworth DFV V-8 engine. It was competitive early on, managing to score 17 points in 1978, giving Fittipaldi Automotive a seventh-place finish overall in the constructor's championship.

Fortunately, at least one Fittipaldi F5A is maintained and driven on track to this day. managed to snag some on-board footage of it being driven by Nick Padmore at Suzuka circuit in Japan, and it's a joy to watch. Here, check it out for yourself, and make sure to turn the volume up.

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