Brazilian racing designer Ricardo Divila has died at the age of 74. Although he first gained international prominence as the designer of the early Copersucar Fittipaldi Formula 1 cars of the 1970s and ’80s, Divila (pictured at right, above, in 1982) had a widely varied and accomplished body of work as a designer and engineer, ranging from Champ Car/IndyCar and and Formula 3000 to sports and touring cars and even the Paris-Dakar rally raid.
After the closure of the Copersucar program, Divila worked with Ligier in F1 before moving into other motorsports categories in the course of a lengthy career covering six decades, including stints with Champ Car and IndyCar teams. More recently, Divila worked on a variety of Nissan-affiliated programs from GT4 to LMP1 , and claimed championship honors in LMP2 with Greaves Motorsport. He also had a successful stint with RJN Motorsport’s Nissan GT3 program.
In addition to his racing work, Divila had a prominent presence on social media and offered motorsports engineering insights as a journalist.