Lotus 79 (1978) pictures

The Lotus 79 mastered the use of ground effect aerodynamics, channelling air under the car by sealing the side using skirts, to dominate the 1978 world championship.

Lotus won the constructors’ title and Mario Andretti was the drivers’ champion – though his day of victory in Italy was overshadowed by the death of team mate Ronnie Peterson in a startline crash.

When its successor proved unsuccessful in 1979, the 79 was pressed back into service, but as the teams’ rivals had advanced its winning days were already behind it. As it turned out, Lotus’s championship-winning days were also over.

1 comment on Lotus 79 (1978) pictures

  1. David Boxall said on 26th January 2014, 19:04

    Belive it or not I made all the exhaust manifolds for the Lotus 79 and Lotus 80 working from a rented double garage in Twickenham, all I had was a bench, vise and a bucket of silver sand. The only way to make them then was to fill pipes with sand and bend them with heat, they took about 45 hours each to make, I was 1 of only 3 people then capable of making them, I called my company Specialised Exhaust Systems

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