A young Colin Chapman at the 1953 British Grand Prix.
what we miss … Colin
@fuckyeahlotus this is the fucking guy. Right here. Moustache and laddy cap. This guy.
Lotus 80 (1979, Monaco)
When Chapman designed the Lotus 80, he wanted to take the ground effect (which had worked brilliantly in the 79) a level further.
The whole car was designed to work like a huge wing, developing massive amounts of downforce. In theory, it should have been great — but it wasn’t. Andretti found it to be undriveable, and for the rest of the season Lotus were back to the good ol’ 79.
@fuckyeahlotus, any more info on the 80?
Last part from Jackie Stewart: The Flying Scot. Watkins Glen, 1973.
Colin Chapman’s reaction will always cut straight through to my heart. It’s half acceptance, half disbelief.
And Helen. Oh, Helen. :(
Lotus 49 | Colin Chapman
Good angle. This is the motor sporting equivalent of seeing Michelle Bundchen without her underpants.
Lotus 49 Engine
Thanks to Colin chapman, who persuaded Ford to invest in the development of a new F1 engine for the 1967 season, and Cosworth to develope it, we have this engineering masterpiece.
The engine was not ready until the third race of the 1967 season, at Zandvoort, its debut couldn’t be better, Graham Hill got the pole position, And Jim Clark won the race, starting from 8th position and setting fastest lap.
Initially, the agreement between Ford, Cosworth and Lotus was binding on all parties, and Ford as the funder had no plans to sell or hire the DFV to any other teams. However, it occurred that there was no competition: the Ferrari engine was underpowered; the BRM complex and too heavy; the Maserati unreliable; the Honda overweight…
At the end of 1967, Lotus no longer had the monopoly use of the DFV and in August 1968 it was announced that the power unit would be available for sale, to racing teams throughout the world. Matra was the first F1 team to get the DFV . What followed was a golden age, where teams big or small could buy an engine which was competitive, light, compact, easy to work with and relatively.
Lotus, McLaren, Matra, Brabham, March, Surtees, Tyrrell, Hesketh, Lola, Williams, Penske, Wolf and Ligier are just some of the teams to have used the DFV.
In 1969 and 1973 every World Championship race was won by DFV-powered cars, with the engine taking a total of 155 wins from 262 races between 1967 and 1985.
1970-1976 Lotus 72
there was a time, when regulations didn’t change every year. So F1 teams keep developing the same car for years…
The revolutionary wedge shape of the Lotus 72 gave it massive longevity and won Chapman and co. two drivers titles at the hands of the late Jochen Rindt and a pair of Brazilian sideburns nicknamed “Emmo”, as well as three constructors titles.
Other famous names to have driven the Lotus 72 include Super Swede Ronnie Peterson, British driver John Watson and Belgian Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx.