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
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.