|Full Name||Dywa Racing Cars Engineering|
|Founder(s)|| Pietro Monguzzi |
|Team Principal(s)||Pietro Monguzzi|
|Current Drivers|| #35 - Renzo Zorzi|
#36 - Alberto Colombo
|Other Noted Drivers||Renzo Zorzi, Alberto Colombo, Giancarlo Martini|
|Debut||1976 Spanish Grand Prix|
|Races||7 (0 starts)|
Dywa was an Italian Formula One constructor based in Canegrate. Founded by Pietro 'Dydo' Monguzzi and his brother-in-law Walter Nebuloni in the mid-1960s, they built single-seaters for various categories with very limited success. Attempts to enter Formula One in 1974 and 1975 failed before finally making their debut in 1976.
1976 Formula One Season
The Dywa-001 broke cover at the Spanish Grand Prix, which was the first European round of the season. The chassis was a modified version of Monguzzi's previous attempt. The bodywork was angular and primitive, the car was overweight and generally lacked build quality. The Dywa cars were powered by the Renzo V8 engines, shoddily assembled Ford Cosworth clones made from sub-par components. Predictably, Giancarlo Martini and Renzo Zorzi failed to pre-qualify. Despite being completely outclassed by the rest of the field, Dywa struggled on and entered six further Grands Prix during 1976. They could always be found towards the end of the timing sheets, outperforming only the farcical ÖASC team.
1977 Formula One Season
Despite making little changes to both chassis and engine, Dywa entered the 1977 season and even managed to find drivers willing to part with their money to drive the contraption on Friday mornings. Giancarlo Martini had abandoned ship and headed to Hesketh and in his place was Formula 2 driver Alberto Colombo, but this did little to lift the fortunes of the team. In pre-qualifying itself, Dywa found themselves suddenly competing against other Renzo-powered teams, Wheatcroft Racing and B&S Fabrications, the latter of which having fallen from grace after pre-qualifying on four occasions in 1976. In addition, the team also found themselves competing against the ambitious but completely out-of-depth North Star squad, whose year-old Lolas were hideously off the pace.
Effective team leader Renzo Zorzi would go on to regularly qualify ahead of Dywa's rivals, despite being 6-8 seconds off the pace and still in the lower half of the timesheets. Alberto Colombo would not share the same 'success', struggling with the unwieldy and unsafe Dywa-001 season-long.