Lotus 18 — Colin Chapman's U-turn

Lotus 18 — Colin Chapman's U-turn
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  • 184584520X
  • 9781845845209
by Mark Whitelock Colin Chapman's previous attempts at producing a Formula 1 car had been a... more
Lotus 18 — Colin Chapman's U-turn

by Mark Whitelock

Colin Chapman's previous attempts at producing a Formula 1 car had been a complete disappointment. Despite being technically advanced, extreme lightness led to numerous structural failures.

In 1960, Chapman decided to start with a clean sheet of paper, assessing the basic requirements for a contemporary Formula 1 car, and identifying how to achieve them in the most straightforward, uncomplicated way. The result was one of Chapman's greatest creations - the Lotus 18 - a trendsetting, rear-engined car that was to set new performance standards from the outset.

Driven by some of the top drivers of the era - including Innes Ireland, Jim Clark, and John Surtees - it was Stirling Moss who made the car's name, winning four Grands Prix, including his sensational victories over Ferrari, against all odds, at Monaco and the Nürburgring in 1961.

This book describes the history of the Lotus 18 throughout its 7-year competition career, via season by season summaries, and provides detailed appendices charting the individual histories of all 28 chassis that were built. Full race results are also presented, along with driver achievements.


  • Background
  • Change of Direction
  • High Torque Racer: the Coventry Climax FPF Racing Engine
  • 1960 Formula 1 Season - Great Expectations
  • 1960 Formula 2 Season - Promise Unfulfilled
  • 1961 Formula 1 Season - Against the Odds
  • 1961 Inter-Continental Season - a Damp Squib
  • 1962 Formula 1 Season - Second Division
  • 1963-66 Formula 1 Seasons - The End of the Road…and Beyond
  • Analyses and Statistics
  • Variations on a Theme
  • Appendices:
    Lotus 18 - Chassis by Chassis
    Lotus 18 - Race Record by Chassis
    Lotus 18 - Drivers
    Lotus 18 - Teams/Private Entrants

Buch, Hardcover, 25,5 x 25,5 cm, 192 Seiten, 148 Abbildungen, englischer Text