Author(s): Anthony Pritchard
This is a comprehensive survey of Lotus's racing history, covering the extraordinary range of sports-racing and single-seater cars designed by Colin Chapman and his disciples. Grand Prix machinery predominates, with landmark machines such as the 25 (the first monocoque), 49 (the start of the Cosworth-DFV period), 72 (wedge-shaped with side radiators) and 79 (the all-conquering ground-effect design). Into the narrative are woven the memories of Lotus Formula 1 drivers, and an insider's view of the innovations for which Chapman was personally responsible and those credited to him but derived from others.
Victory Lane, "December 2006 "This full chronicle of all the sports racing and formula cars is well done and technically well researched and presented."
Anthony Pritchard, an automotive and motor racing historian, is the author of many successful Haynes titles, including Scarlet Passion, Maserati: A Racing History and Lamborghini. He lives in Wooburn Green, Bucks.
The original trials special of 1948, and immediate successors. Brilliantly successful sports-racing cars such as the Eleven and 23. Into F1, with the front-engined 12 and 16, then the rear-engined 18. Major F1 success arrives with the 24, 25 and 33 lineage. The Indianapolis cars, including the victorious 38. Lotuses for the junior categories - Formula 2, 3 and Ford. F1 greats such as the 49, 72, 78 and 79. Oddities such as the four-wheel-drive 63 and 'twin-chassis' 88. Chassis numbers, specifications, race successes.