Just about 2 weeks ago the three Lotus F1 cars, Lotus 92, 91 & 78, finished 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the Historic Grand Prix in Monaco and now they are coming to Spielberg for the Austrian Historic!
Here are a few impressions of the three Lotus F1 cars in Monaco:
The Lotus 92 was a Formula 1 racing car designed by Martin Ogilvie with Team Lotus founder Colin Chapman before Chapman died in December 1982. The 92 was used by Lotus in the first part of the 1983 Formula 1 season. The car was regularly driven by Nigel Mansell and also in one race (the 1983 Brazilian Grand Prix) by Elio de Angelis. The 92 was the last non-turbo car designed and raced by Lotus until turbo engines were banned in the 1989 season. It was also the last Lotus car to carry the Cosworth DFY V8 engine.
After several uncompetitive seasons of experimental or non-competitive cars, Colin Chapman went back to basics and designed the Lotus 91, based in part on the Williams FW07 and Lotus' own 88 design. Powered by the Ford Cosworth DFV and with a standard Hewland gearbox, the 91 was straightforward and easy to maintain. Following Brabham's example, the new car was the first Lotus chassis to use carbon brakes, greatly improving braking performance. Elio de Angelis used the car well, but found that the 91 was mostly competitive on ultra-fast tracks such as Hockenheim, Monza and the Österreichring. The latter track provided a thrilling last lap victory for De Angelis against Keke Rosberg in the Williams. The 91 was the last Lotus F1 car to win a race under Colin Chapman's reign before he died of a heart attack on December 16, 1982.
The 78 was good enough to still be a winner in early 1978, with Andretti and Ronnie Peterson each scoring a win and another three pole positions before being replaced by the Lotus 79, which was as far ahead of the 78 as the 78 was ahead of the rest of the field in 1977. In total, the Lotus 78 took seven wins, nine pole positions and scored 106 points in its career.