Lotus 98T (1986), Goodwood, 2012

F1 Lotuses celebrated at the Goodwood Festival

2012 Goodwood Festival of SpeedPosted on Author Keith Collantine

A huge collection of Formula 1 Lotuses appear at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

They include some of the most innovative, radical and successful cars in F1 history.

Game-changers like the monocoque 25, Cosworth DFV-sporting 49 (the very chassis which won its first F1 race at Zandvoort in Jim Clark’s hands) and modern-looking 72 are cheek-by-jowl with some of Colin Chapman’s more unusual creations.

The turbine-powered 56B, unraced 58 and banned 88B also feature.

Several post-Chapman era cars are also on show, including a 97T campaigned by Ayrton Senna in 1985 and a V12 Lamborghini-powered 102.

A handful of non-F1 cars are on show including a prototype IndyCar built in 1986 but never raced.

Here are pictures of the many Lotuses on display:

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28 comments on “F1 Lotuses celebrated at the Goodwood Festival”

    1. It’s great to see how our understanding of physics and aerodynamics evolved through the years.

      Not to mention our understanding of material science, which has allowed us to exploit our understanding of physics and aerodynamics. Development and understanding of new materials like titanium and carbon fibre has been responsible for many of the advances seen in F1 over the decades.

      Aerodynamics dictates tighter packaging, but stronger, stiffer, lighter, more heat resistant materials is what actually makes it work.

        1. Without something as light and strong as carbon fiber, formula one cars wouldn’t have such tightly packed aerodynamics. Without the need for tighter packaging and safer race cars, we wouldn’t have carbon fiber.

          1. Well, carbon fibre can be moulded into impossible shapes and made into aero-elements on the car, which does help improve the aero-effiiciency but there is no ‘direct’ correlation between the two. The properties of the ‘material’ used in the car does not govern its aero-efficiency, it only influences it by taking a shape in the form of a winf or a winglet etc.

          2. @deepaksingh
            I meant without the strength of carbon fiber you wouldn’t be able to package things tightly, not that the material itself was the thing that helped aero. Steel, aluminum, and titanium are only so strong, so the smaller it gets compared to carbon fiber the same size, it will be weaker. Therefore, implementing carbon fiber into various parts of race cars made them lighter, stronger, and faster. IMO, the material carbon fiber had a direct relation to aero devices, packaging, and evolution.

  1. I love the purity of the mid 60’s designs, no wings, no widgets, a streamlined body, a wheel ,suspension and brakes at each corner and a engine and gearbox behind the driver, perfection, like a “naked” motorcycle.

  2. Great stuff, some proper trailblazers in there including the original active-suspension car. Love the 29.

    Never knew they built an Indycar in the 80s – Ferrari made one too didn’t they? Now there’s a 2012 “Lotus” Indycar to go next to it in the museum. Are there any “new” Lotuses (since 2010) at Goodwood yet, and are they in the same display, or kept apart?

  3. Of all the good-looking and succesful Lotuses, the car that really stands out for me is the 49, without the wings and without Gold Leaf messing up the livery. It’s just a breathtaking car to look at: the narrow front-end, and then the back where you can pretty much see the entire drivetrain. If only modern F1-cars could look like that…

  4. So many great and ingenious cars in this gathering of Lotuses; think how insanely fast modern F1 cars would be had some of these technologies (such as ground effects) not be banned. It would be frightening!

  5. I tip my hat to the genious of Coling Chapman.

    Few have or will ever accomplish what he did during his time on this good planet. The history of the sport is ripe with Chapman creations and for me the best are the Lotus 49 and the Lotus 79. Hard to pick just those as his generations of amazing cars are rich in the spirit, the history and the wealth of the sport. Noting all the greats who rose to the occasion with his cars and those greats whose time ended too soon seeking the path to glory.

  6. Who else has a small model of the 77? I dont know why but almost all of my models arent really from the most well known champions, guess my kid colection is made of the cousins of the greatest cars.

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