Tec-Mec (full name Studio Tecnica Meccanica) was a Formula One constructor from Italy. Founded by former Maserati designer Valerio Colotti in 1958, they participated in a single Grand Prix, scoring no World Championship points.
Tec-Mec used an improved, lightened version of the Maserati 250F, named the F415. The car was upgraded by the 250F's designer, Colotti, and financed by Lloyd Casner of Camoradi International. The team made its single outing in the 1959 United States Grand Prix, but the car, driven by Fritz d'Orey lasted six laps before retiring, having qualified 17th on the grid ahead of only the midget racer of Rodger Ward.
Colotti sold the design studio at the end of the year, and the company continued to produce cars for the Formula Junior series.
|Full name||Studio Tecnica Meccanica|
|Noted drivers||Fritz d'Orey|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|First entry||1959 United States Grand Prix|
|Final entry||1959 United States Grand Prix|
|1959||Camoradi||Tec-Mec F415||Maserati L6||D||MON||500||NED||FRA||GBR||GER||POR||ITA||USA||0||-|
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He joined Ferrari in 1948, working under Aurelio Lampredi, followed by employment with Maserati (1953–1957), until the company dropped factory works racing. In 1958 he started his own company, known as Tec-Mec (Studio Tecnica Meccanica).
Tec-Mec, assisted by Giorgio Scarlatti, attempted at the tipo F/415 Formula One car, mostly based on the Maserati 250F, in which Colotti had been deeply involved. There was cooperation with Behra-Porsche (1959) and others such as
Stirling Moss, who failed in his racing with Cooper T51, fitted with Colotti's, unfortunately rather unreliable, gearboxes.
Colotti's cooperation with Alf Francis lead to the widely used in competition Colotti-Francis gearbox systems.
With Wolfgang von Trips he designed the Trips-Colotti-Auto Union (TCA), and later their transmissions
were used in Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale (1967).
The company is now called Colotti Trasmissioni and is run by his sons Marco and Paolo.
Although World Championship races held in 1952 and 1953 were run to Formula Two regulations, constructors who only participated during this period are included herein to maintain Championship continuity.
Constructors whose only participation in the World Championship was in the Indianapolis 500 races between 1950 and 1960 are not listed.