Realpha

The Realpha, also known as RE, was a Rhodesian Formula One racing car. The car was built by Ray Reed at his base in Gwelo, and was structurally based on a Cooper.[1] Like many South African home-built Formula One cars of the time, it was fitted with an Alfa Romeo Giulietta engine.[2]

Under the "Ray's Engineering" banner, Reed entered the car in the non-championship Rand Grand Prix Formula One event in South Africa in late 1964, but retired due to an engine failure during the first heat. He also entered the 1965 South African Grand Prix,[2] but the entry was withdrawn before the race when Reed was killed in an air crash.[3]

The car later appeared at the 1966 Rhodesian Grand Prix, the last round of that year's South African Drivers Championship, entered by local driver Peter Huson, but he retired from the race after an accident.[4]

RE
Full nameRealpha
BaseRhodesia
Founder(s)Ray Reed
Noted driversRhodesia Ray Reed
Rhodesia Peter Huson
Formula One World Championship career
First entry1965 South African Grand Prix
Races entered1 (0 starts)
EnginesAlfa Romeo
Constructors'
Championships
0
Drivers'
Championships
0
Race victories0
Points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
Final entry1965 South African Grand Prix

Results

Complete Formula One World Championship results

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points WCC
1965 RE Alfa Romeo D RSA MON BEL FRA GBR NED GER ITA USA MEX 0 NC
Ray Reed WD

Complete Formula One non-championship results

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1964 RE Alfa Romeo D DMT NWT SYR AIN INT SOL MED RAN
Ray Reed Ret

Complete South African Drivers Championship results

Year Chassis Engine Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Points Ch.
1966 RE Alfa Romeo CSE RAT EAS BUL REP NAT BOR GOV RWT PFT VRT RST RHO 0 NC
Peter Huson Ret

References

  1. ^ David Hodges, "The A-Z of Grand Prix Cars", Crowood, 2001, p.196
  2. ^ a b "Realpha". Manipe F1. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  3. ^ Realpha (French)
  4. ^ "1966 Rhodesian Grand Prix". Silhouet.com. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
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