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Lotus 18 – Colin Chapman’s U-turn (HB)

Lotus 18 – Colin Chapman’s U-turn (HB)

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Product code: VE4520Released: 16 September 2016192 pages

Product description

The Lotus 18 was a breakthrough design for Colin Chapman, and a major steppingstone on the way to Grand Prix domination for Team Lotus. As with so many other Chapman projects, the success of the Lotus 18 was built from the failure of the previous model. Mid-engined, lightweight, innovative, and with excellent handling the 18 was a real trendsetter. This book describes the full history of the design and all 28 chassis that were built. Full race results are also presented, along with driver achievements.


• The full history of the Lotus 18 Formula 1 car• The reveals chassis design and construction• The development of the Coventry Climax FPF engine• Seasons reviews of the 1960 to 1966 Formula 1 seasons• Season review of the 1961 Formula 2• 1961 inter-continental season review• Analysis and statistcs of the 1960-66 seasons• Full chassis-by-chassis history and race record• Driver and team data• Includes 150 rarely seen illustrations

Publisher's Description

In 1960, Colin Chapman sought to identify the most straightforward and uncomplicated way of building a Formula 1 car. The result was his first rear-engined design, the trendsetting Lotus 18. This book charts the 18’s competition history, from its inception, up to 1966 – via sensational victories over Ferrari at Monaco and the Nürburgring.