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Foresight & Innovation (Part 2)

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The Lotus 88 was conceived in the autumn of 1980 following a wind tunnel session evaluating a new Lotus road car.  It was during this session that Peter Wright identified the value of separating the aerodynamic loads from the road handling chassis requirements.  It offered the potential to feed the aerodynamic loads directly into the […]

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Passion Tainted by Pain

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Having grown up in motorsport, and having been involved across a number of categories, I have met many drivers from Karting to Formula One to the World Endurance Championship. I am even lucky enough to call some of these drivers my friends and having grown up with some they even feel like family. The notion […]

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Foresight & Innovation (Part 1)

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The late seventies/early eighties was a time of great excitement and innovation in Formula One. Downforce was the aim of the game and teams were experimenting with skirts, wings and underbodies to try to get as much downforce as possible. Before carbon fibre was used in Formula One the car’s monocoques were constructed from single […]


One More Lap

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So while I’m waiting for the technical details to be checked on the next Lotus blog (the reason for the lengthy delay!) we’re jumping ahead a couple of years to 1982 when my father had moved from Lotus and was now Team Manager at Williams who were running Keke Rosberg and Derek Daly. The start […]


Who are we to Judge?

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I’d like to start by saying I do not currently possess a Formula One Super License, nor have I previously, nor will I ever have one. So although I don’t feel that I am adequately qualified to comment on the driving skills of those who are in possession of an F1 Super License and have […]

Carlos Reutemann (ARG) Lotus (Left), who retired from the race on lap 24 with a broken suspension, with Peter Collins (AUS) Lotus Team Manager (Right). Canadian Grand Prix, Rd 14, Montreal, Canada, 30 September 1979.

Instant Notoriety

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It had been a pretty intense introduction into the world of Formula One for my father. Colin Chapman was a perfectionist and a hard taskmaster to say the least. And emotions were high as Lotus were having a particularly bad season. After a lot of struggles with the Lotus 80 at the start of the […]

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A Telegram, Eleven Thousand Miles & an Interview

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I’ve always believed in fate. My parents believe in it and one of the greatest examples of it, for me, is the story of how my father ended up not only working in Formula One, but for his dream team, Lotus. But let’s start at the beginning. In his hometown of Sydney, opportunities to see […]



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I know I am probably biased, but I think my dad has had a pretty impressive career. He worked for three of the top Formula One teams at the height of his career, while working along side some of the most well known names in the industry. His achievements and success may not be recognised […]


Ferrer joins CRAM for ALPS Championship

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Following a frustrating start to the 2015 season during the Toyota Racing Series New Zealand where Matteo suffered from incessant new car technical issues, he will wrap up a productive Formula Renault 2.0 testing program this week in Monza. Matteo will contest the 2015 Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS Championship with CRAM Motorsport. His is delighted […]


Ferrer to Honour Wolfgang Von Trips

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Matteo Ferrer will pay tribute during his 2015 race season to the legendary German driver Graf Berghe von Trips. Nineteen year old Matteo who is of German descent will carry the Scuderia Colonia shield on his race cars and race helmet and suit to honour the great German driver’s achievements as well as to mark […]