Lotus builds black and gold Exige S Type 72

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Lotus Exige S Type 72 (click to enlarge)
Lotus Exige S Type 72 (click to enlarge)

Lotus is commemorating one of its most famous F1 cars with a special edition of its Exige S road car.

The Lotus Exige S Type 72 is finished in black with gold detailing, mimicking the celebrated John Player Special livery of the Lotus 72 F1 car.

According to Lotus it is “finished by the same sign writer who painted racing cars for Team Lotus.” It will do 0-60mph in 4.5s, has a top speed of 233kph (145mph) and weighs just 935kg.

Director of Classic Team Lotus Clive Chapman said:

The Type 72 was a very significant car for Team Lotus and indeed for the world of F1. It was a revolutionary design that pioneered the use of side mounted radiators to achieve its distinctive ?wedge? profile, which delivered a significant aerodynamic advantage. Furthermore, by minimising unsprung weight and using a torsion bar, rising rate suspension, tyre performance was excellent. The Lotus Type 72 design was so advanced that it was competitive for an extraordinary six years.
Clive Chapman

The influence of Colin Chapman’s innovative 72 can still be seen today. It introduced the practice of mounting the radiators in the car’s sidepods and also featured an overhead air intake for the engine.

Lotus ran different versions of the 72 for six years from 1970 to 1975. In that time it won 20 Grands Prix from 79 starts and claimed the constructors’ championship in 1970, 1972 and 1973.

It also claimed two drivers’ titles for Jochen Rindt, in 1970, and Emerson Fittipaldi. But Rindt was killed when his 72 crashed during preparations for the Italian Grand Prix, and didn’t become champion until after his death.

Last year Lotus produced a special edition Elise in honour of Jim Clark.

Read more: Lotus commemorates Jim Clark with car

Lotus 72
Lotus 72 (click for more pictures)
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