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Ricardo Ramsey "Richard" Divila (30 May 1945 – 25 April 2020) was a Brazilian motorsports designer. He worked in
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Life and career

Divila was born in
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São Paulo
. He had a very close relationship with
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and
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. He started by designing
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and various sports cars for them in Brazil in the 1960s. When the brothers established the
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team in
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he became the technical director and designed the team's first three cars. These three cars had the name " FD" based on Fittipaldi's "F" and Divila's "D" like the Brabham's "BT" (
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). He remained with the team until it closed down in 1982. Afterwards, he worked for many teams in many categories - in particular with
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in Formula One and with
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Nissan
in various sports car series. Between 1988 and 1989 he designed a Formula One car for
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GP team in the championship. Although the team had contracts with Judd and
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as engine and tyre suppliers, and with
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as a driver, the team did not race that year. It was Divila's last chance to see an F1 car designed by him racing, especially as his designs were altered to become the L190 run by the short-lived
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. From the 1990s, he worked for some Japanese racing teams such as
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, and
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. He died in France, aged 74.


References


External links


www.teamdan.comRicardo Divila on Twitter
1945 births 2020 deaths Formula One designers Brazilian motorsport people Sportspeople from São Paulo {{f1-bio-stub