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AFM
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Full name GermanyAlex von Falkenhausen Motorenbau
Base
Founder(s) GermanyAlexander von Falkenhausen
Noted drivers GermanyHans Stuck
GermanyWilli Heeks
GermanyHelmut Niedermayr
GermanyLudwig Fischer
GermanyWilli Krakau
East GermanyTheo Fitzau
GermanyGünther Bechem
Formula One World Championship career
Engines BMW, Bristol, Küchen
Debut 1952 Swiss Grand Prix
Races competed 4
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
Final race 1953 Italian Grand Prix

Alex von Falkenhausen Motorenbau (AFM) (but some sources claim the M stood for Munich) was a German racing car constructor. The team was started by Alexander von Falkenhausen, who was in the 1930s an important engineer in the development of BMW's model 328, along with Alfred Boning, Ernst Loof and Fritz Fiedler. The 328 was a dominant sports car in late 1930s Europe and winner of the 1940 Mille Miglia race in Brescia, Italy.

After World War II, von Falkenhausen opened a garage in Munich where he tuned pre-war 328s, converting some of them into single-seaters, and in 1948 went on to build his own car marque with the 328's engine. As a result, the Formula 2 AFM-1 appeared in 1949, driven by Hans Stuck, resulting in a third place at the Grenzlandring. AFM won a heat in the Autodromo GP at Monza with Stuck behind the wheel, beating the Ferraris of Alberto Ascari and Juan Manuel Fangio. Other cars were raced by Fritz Riess, Karl Gommann, Willi Heeks and Manfred von Brauchitsch. By 1951 Stuck was within the development of a lightweight V8 engine designed by Richard Küchen and won the 1951 Grenzlandring F2 race with the so-called AFM-4-"Küchen". The 1952 and 1953 World Drivers' Championships were run to Formula Two regulations, enabling AFM cars to compete in several World Championship rounds. By the time 1953 rolled in, the cars were becoming less competitive and with the fall of F2 that year the marque and the team faded away, while Freiherr von Falkenhausen in 1954 started to work for BMW again, leading their Rennsportabteilung for more than the following 20 years.

Complete World Championship Results

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Year Chassis Engines Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1952 AFM SUI 500 BEL FRA GBR GER NED ITA
Küchen V8  ? Hans Stuck Ret
BMW 6 in-line  ? Willi Heeks Ret
BMW 6 in-line  ? Helmut Niedermayr 9
BMW 6 in-line  ? Ludwig Fischer DNS
BMW 6 in-line  ? Willi Krakau DNS
1953 AFM ARG 500 NED BEL FRA GBR GER SUI ITA
Bristol 6 in-line  ? Hans Stuck Ret 14
BMW 6 in-line  ? Theo Fitzau Ret
BMW 6 in-line  ? Günther Bechem Ret

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