Two chassis and six engines.
This was the standard “arsenal” provided to Ayrton Senna for the more important races by DAP, an Italian company founded by brothers Angelo and Achille Parrilla, the only team for which Senna raced karts. Not the endless list of equipment that modern drivers are used to, but, for the time, no small matter.
Nowadays, one of those karts, the WTR 101 model with the 1-803 serial number, is cherished like a jewel by Angelo Parrilla, who willingly lends it to the various historical re-enactments that are organised now and again or to journalists who, like us at TKART, ask to see it up close.
The allure of the historic kart on itself is exceptional; the fact that it was used by Senna makes it unique. Not to mention the stories that go with it, like the one that the kart ended up in Senna’s hands… by accident.
Perhaps someone will have already asked: “Weren’t DAP chassis red at the time?”.
Correct: they were red; in fact, this was not a works chassis..
But… In the free prctice phase of the World Championship in Estoril, Achille Parrilla asked Ayrton to try the new water cooled engine that DAP had started producing. Since all the “official” red chassis were in use for the competition, the engine was installed on a “left over” frame that Lanzetti had used in a race in Italy and that was still sitting in the team truck…