(L to R): Nigel Mansell (GBR) Lotus; Peter Collins (AUS) Lotus Team Manager and Nigel Stroud (GBR) Lotus Engineer. Monaco Grand Prix, Rd6, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 31 May 1981. BEST IMAGE

Dangers in Brazil

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Tuesday 24 March 1981 Peter Collins nearly drowned in Brazil. Nigel Mansell saved him. Here’s what happened… In the midst of the Lotus Type 88 saga, and having squeezed in some extra testing while in the States, the Team took a well deserve two days break upon their arrival in Brazil ahead of the second […]

Lotus 88 - Ford Cosworth V8 - Team Lotus Ltd. - 1981 Laguna Seca - De Angelis E.

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 […]