is an Italian
racing car manufacturer and former Formula One
team based in Volpiano near Turin
, Italy. They participated in 132 Grands Prix between 1980 and 1990. They achieved two points finishes and scored 5 championship points.
Named after its founder Vincenzo "Enzo" Osella, the team began life by racing Abarth sports car
in local and national races in the mid 1960s in Italy. Though relatively successful (Osella eventually took over the factory Abarth sports car program), Osella expanded into single seater racing in 1974 to further develop his business. The team would rise to Formula Two
in 1975 achieving some success with its own car (the Osella FA2); François Migault
scored one point.
Osella Corse made another attempt in 1976 in the same league with unchanged material but by now the team was not competitive. Additionally, the team suffered from severe financial problems which meant that the works team was withdrawn from Formula Two in the middle of 1976. In the following years the Osella FA2s were occasionally entered by privateers, one of them being the Swiss Charly Kiser.
Enzo Osella tried to make some money by selling a self-penned Formula 3
car (Osella FA3) with little success. Only a few privateers (one of them being Giorgio Francia
who later would drive Osella's Formula One
car) were optimistic enough to buy that simple untested machine. The cars ran with Toyota
engines in the 1976 German
and Italian F3... Read More