Lotus 100T
Constructor Team Lotus
Designer(s) Gérard Ducarouge

Martin Ogilvie

Predecessor 99T
Successor 101
Formula One World Championship
Years Active 1988
Constructors Camel Team Lotus Honda
Drivers 1. Nelson Piquet

2. Satoru Nakajima

Debut 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix
Races 16
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest Laps 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Lotus 100T was a Formula One car designed by Gérard Ducarouge and Martin Ogilvie for Team Lotus, used during the 1988 Formula One season. The 100T was an update of the previous Lotus 99T model; the car technically was virtually unchanged, except for a redesigned nose section and rear bodywork. The car was powered by the same 1.5L turbocharged Honda V6 engine that powered the McLaren team to 15 wins in 16 races in 1988.

Racing History[edit | edit source]

1988[edit | edit source]

In common with its progenitor model, the 100T was fitted with electronic active suspension, still an advanced system despite having been introduced the previous year. However, with the loss of Ayrton Senna to McLaren, and despite signing three-time and current World Champion Nelson Piquet, Lotus were very much an also-ran team during much of 1988. Piquet picked up a number of points, including three third-placed finishes, during the season, but the car's lack of ultimate speed resulted in Lotus's first season without a win or pole position since 1981.

At the end of the 1988 season turbocharged engines were outlawed, rendering the 100T chassis obsolete. It was replaced by the conventionally aspirated Lotus 101 for the 1989 Formula One season.

During the 1988 season, former World Champion Jackie Stewart test drove the 100T at the Snetterton Circuit which was Lotus's test track at the time. Within a few short laps he identified the car's basic problems. He said that the car lacked rigidity despite its carbon fibre and kevlar monocoque and that the chassis couldn't handle the abrupt power delivery of the turbocharged Honda engine which made the car difficult to drive, a complaint of Piquet, Nakajima and the teams test driver Martin Donnelly. He also noted how cramped the driving position was and that the steering wheel and instrument panel were so close together that it made the panel almost unreadable. He also said that "It was not a car that Nelson Piquet would have wanted to drive too many more times" and rated the car as "Perhaps one of the more disappointing cars I drove".

Technical specifications[edit | edit source]

Component Specification
Chassis Carbon fibre and Kevlar monocoque
Front suspension Active, double wishbones, coil springs
Rear suspension Active, double wishbones, coil springs
Tyres Goodyear
Weight -
Engine Honda RA168-E, 1,494 cc (91.2 cu in), 80° V6, turbo (2.5 Bar limited), mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Gearbox Lotus 6-Speed manual
Gears -


Complete Formula One results[edit | edit source]


Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts. WCC
1988 Camel Team Lotus Honda RA168-E
V6 tc
Nelson Piquet 3 3 Ret Ret 4 Ret 5 5 Ret 8 4 Ret Ret 8 Ret 3
Satoru Nakajima 6 8 DNQ Ret 11 DNQ 7 10 9 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret
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