Revolutionary Era

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Revolutionary Era
The Williams FW14B was one of the most technologically advanced and dominant Formula One cars of all time.
Jack Christopherson on the track in the car in 1992
Category Formula One
Year Start 1987
Year End 1997
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The Revolutionary Era is regarded by motorsport historians as the fourth era of Formula One, lasting from 1987 to 1997.


Date Location Description
12 April 1987 Flag of Australia svg.png Adelaide Street Circuit, Australia Gerhard Berger takes the first win of the Revolutionary Era for McLaren.
6 November 1988 Flag of Australia svg.png Adelaide Street Circuit, Australia The last race where turbocharged engines were allowed to be used, with only normally aspirated engines to be allowed for use in 1989.
28 March 1989 Flag of Brazil svg.png Autodromo Hermano da Silva Ramos, São Paulo Ferrari run the first ever car with a semi-automatic gearbox - these would completely phase out their manual counterparts by 1995.
3 November 1991 Flag of Australia svg.png Adelaide Street Circuit, Australia Pirelli withdraw from the sport, meaning for the first time in the sport's history there is only one tyre supplier - this race also sees the end of the Ford Cosworth DFV engine and its derivatives, having been used in some form since the 1960s.
1 March 1992 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Kyalami, South Africa Williams field the first car with active suspension and begin a never-before seen domination streak.
14 August 1992 Flag of Hungary svg.png Hungaroring The last ever pre-qualifying session to date is run, a sign of the increasing costs and dwindling entry lists that this era began to show.