Tecno is an Italian kart and former racing car constructor. It started out as a conventional engineering business manufacturing hydraulic pumps. The company eventually became a Formula One constructor and participated in 10 grands prix, entering a total of 11 cars, and scoring one championship point.
The car made its first competitive appearance at the 1972 Belgian Grand Prix in the hands of Nanni Galli. The car was unremarkable, the engine a flat-twelve engine very similar to the contemporary Ferrari unit, although apparently considerably less powerful. During that season, Galli shared the car with Derek Bell; neither managed to score points.
For 1973, Tecno found itself in the position of having two dissimilar cars, one of them backed by the team's sponsors and the other by the Pederzani brothers. Count Rossi had taken on experienced British racing manager David Yorke and driver Chris Amon (who had been unable to agree terms with March Engineering for the season). Yorke and Rossi commissioned a new chassis from designer Gordon Fowell, while the Pederzanis hired Alan McCall to design a new car for them. McCall left before the car was fully developed, just to add to the chaos. Tecno missed the early-season races and used the McCall car to little effect from the Belgian Grand Prix, although the car did show brief promise in its second outing on the drivers circuit of Monaco where Amon qualified 12th and ran well in the upper midfield for 25 laps giving the sponsors, some decent exposure. By the British Grand Prix both the Fowell "Goral" car and the McCall car were available, but Amon managed only to qualify last with the worn unpowered engine and managed to move up to qualify 23rd for the Dutch GP where he was further disillusioned by the poor safety services which saw Williamson burn to death in his March.
By the Austrian Grand Prix, he was disgusted with the whole mess and left the team, which subsequently folded - the Martini & Rossi money would go to Brabham in 1974, the Pederzani brothers retired from competition, and Amon finished the season guesting at Tyrrell.
Activity: 1972 - 1973 Grand Prix: 10 Best Result: 6th - C. Amon (Belgium 1973) Best Grid Position: 12th - C. Amon (Monaco 1973) Fastest Laps: 0 Championship Points: 1