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Colin Chapman - British designer and founder of Lotus Cars (1970)


Colin Chapman - British designer and founder of Lotus Cars (1970) - In the early 1970s, Colin Chapman designing the Lotus 72 inaugurated the era of aerodynamic study on Formula One cars that resulted in the invention of cars using the ground effect and then modern record race cars. Here is the clip from the 1973 edition of Le Mans with the new start rules- the pilots were no more standing in front of their cars. Matra won the race. ---------------------------------------------------- Colin Chapm

Lotus Foundations Video - Colin Chapman and Lotus formula 1.


Great new Lotus video about Colin Chapman and the start of Lotus and Formula 1.

Colin Chapman and Lotus


Great video about Colin Chapman

The Secret Life of Colin Chapman Part 3


Third part. Documentary from Channel 4 Television.

(Part3.),,Colin Chapman,,(Father of the ground effect)


Chapman, working with Tony Rudd and Peter Wright, pioneered the first Formula One use of "ground effect", where a partial vacuum was created under the car by use of venturis, generating suction (downforce) which held it securely to the road whilst cornering. Modern Formula One cars generate enough downforce (now generated by wings instead of ground effects) that they could theoretically be driven on a ceiling once they reach about 100 mph. Initially this technique utilized sliding "skirts" which

The innovative approach of Colin Chapman - Lotus Cars


Colin Chapman was a man who had a different view on things. He never played by other people's rules. He invented his own - especially when it came to his cars... and this different approach he instilled into the company he founded: Lotus.

The Secret Life of Colin Chapman Part 5


Fifth and final part

Formula One 1973 Colin Chapman after dinner speech


Colin Chapman gives a quick after dinner speech in 1973.

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August 12, 2014

Lotus Enthusiasts Club is a part of the Lotus Owners Club and obsessively covers everything to do with Lotus including Lotus News, Lotus Reviews, Lotus Videos, Lotus Forum and our Lotus Members Area.   All our members have access to site features such as …..  Video and Instant Chat  Internal Emailing  Members Blogs  Members Wall  Members […]

Lotus History

Lotus Cars is a British manufacturer of sports and racing cars, famous for its Esprit, Elan, Europa and Elise sports cars and for the highly successful Team Lotus in Formula 1. Lotus Cars is based at the former site of RAF Hethel, a World War II airfield in Norfolk. The company designs and builds race […]

Colin Chapman

Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman CBE (19 May 1928 – 16 December 1982) was an influential English design engineer, inventor, and builder in the automotive industry, and founder of Lotus Cars. He studied structural engineering at University College London, joined the University of London Air Squadron and learned to fly. Chapman left UCL without a degree in 1948, resitting his final Mathematics paper in 1949 and obtaining his […]

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