Lotus 18: Colin Chapman's U-Turn


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  • ISBN: 9781845845209
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  • Publ Date: 2016-05-28
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  • Binding: PaperBack
  • Pages: 192
  • Imprint: VELOCE PUBS
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  • ID - 198235

Table of Contents :

Introduction & Acknowledgements1. Background2. Change of Direction3. High Torque Racer: the Coventry Climax FPF Racing Engine4. 1960 Formula 1 Season - Great Expectations5. 1960 Formula 2 Season - Promise Unfulfilled6. 1961 Formula 1 Season - Against the Odds7. 1961 Inter-Continental Season - a Damp Squib8. 1962 Formula 1 Season - Second Division9. 1963-66 Formula 1 Seasons - The End of the Road...and Beyond10. Analyses and Statistics11. Variations on a ThemeAppendices:I Lotus 18 Chassis by ChassisII Lotus 18 Race Record by ChassisIII Lotus 18 DriversIV Lotus 18 Teams/Private Entrants


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 Nurburgring 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.

ò The full history of the Lotus 18 Formula 1 car

ò The reveals chassis design and construction

ò The development of the Coventry Climax FPF engine

ò Seasons reviews of the 1960 to 1966 Formula 1 seasons

ò Season review of the 1961 Formula 2

ò 1961 inter-continental season review

ò Analysis and statistics of the 1960-66 seasons

ò Full chassis-by-chassis history and race record

ò Driver and team data

ò Includes 150 rarely seen illustrations

Author Biography:

Mark Whitelock's enthusiasm for motor sport started in 1957, when his father took him to Goodwood. On Easter Monday 1960, he was at Goodwood again, cheering Innes Ireland and the Lotus 18 to victory over Stirling Moss, giving him a special affinity with both that car, and that driver.By the early '90s, disillusioned with contemporary Grand Prix racing, Mark turned his attention to historic racing and cars, and become an early supporter of the return of motor sport to the Goodwood circuit.Mark retired from a career in banking in 1999, and took up writing for pleasure.



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