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Lotus 49
Lotus 49
Constructor Team Lotus
Designer(s) Colin Chapman (Techincal Director)
Maurice Philippe (Chief Designer)
Predecessor 43
Successor 49B

The Lotus 49 was a car designed by Team Lotus for the 1967 season. It was designed around the Cosworth DFV engine and was the first successful Formula One car to feature the engine as a stressed member.

StatisticsEdit

World Championship statisticsEdit

Technical SpecificationsEdit

Component Specification
Chassis Aluminium monocoque
Front suspension
Rear suspension
Tyres Dunlop, Firestone
Weight 501 kg
Engine Ford-Cosworth DFV, 2,988 cc, 900 V8, naturally aspirated
Gearbox Hewland-Lotus 5-speed manual gearbox.
Gears 5
Fuel

Shell

The 49 was an advanced design in Formula 1 because of its chassis configuration. The specially-designed engine became a stress-bearing structural member (seen first with the H16 engine in the Lotus 43 and BRM P83), bolted to the monocoque at one end and the suspension and gearbox at the other. Since then virtually all Formula 1 cars have been built this way.

The 49 was a testbed for several new pieces of racecar technology and presentation. Lotus was the first team to use aerofoil wings, which appeared partway through 1968. Originally these wings were bolted directly to the suspension and were supported by slender struts. The wings were mounted several feet above the chassis of the car for effective use in clean air, however after several breakages which led to near fatal accidents, the high wings were banned and Lotus was forced to mount the wings directly to the bodywork.

ResultsEdit

Complete World Championship resultsEdit

Year Entrant Tyres Drivers Grands Prix Points WCC
1967 Team Lotus F RSA MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER CAN ITA USA MEX 44 2nd
Jim Clark 1 6 Ret 1 Ret Ret 3 1 1
Graham Hill Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 2 Ret
Eppie Wietzes DSQ
Giancarlo Baghetti Ret
Moises Solana Ret Ret
1968 Team Lotus
Gold Leaf Team Lotus
F RSA ESP MON BEL NED FRA GBR GER ITA CAN USA MEX 62§ 1st§
Jim Clark 1
Graham Hill 2 1
Rob Walker/Jack Durlacher Racing F Jo Siffert Ret Ret 7 Ret 11
1969 Team Gunston D RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER ITA CAN USA MEX 42 3rd
John Love Ret
1970 Team Gunston D RSA ESP MON BEL NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA MEX 59

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1st

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John Love 8
Points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the first six finishers at each round, but only the best placed car for each make was eligible to score points. The best five results from the first six rounds and the best four results from the last five rounds were retained in 1967 and 1969, five from the first six and five from the last six in 1968, and the best six results from the first seven rounds and the best five from the last six rounds were retained in 1970.
§ Total points scored by all Lotus-Ford cars, including the Lotus 49B variant.
Total points scored by all Lotus-Ford cars, including the Lotus 49B variant.
^ Total points scored by all Lotus-Ford cars, including 45 points scored by drivers of Lotus 49B, 49C and Lotus 72 variants.

(results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)


Complete Non-Championship resultsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_49
  2. http://www.statsf1.com/en/lotus-49.aspx
  3. http://www.grandprixhistory.org/lotus49.htm
  4. http://www.f1technical.net/f1db/cars/220/lotus-49
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