|Designer(s)||Colin Chapman (Techincal Director)|
Maurice Philippe (Chief Designer)
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.
World Championship statisticsEdit
|Engine||Ford-Cosworth DFV, 2,988 cc, 900 V8, naturally aspirated|
|Gearbox||Hewland-Lotus 5-speed manual gearbox.|
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.
Complete World Championship resultsEdit
|1968|| Team Lotus|
Gold Leaf Team Lotus
|Rob Walker/Jack Durlacher Racing||Jo Siffert||Ret||Ret||7||Ret||11|
- † 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)
|Non-classified finish (NC)|
|Purple||Did not finish (Ret)|
|Red||Did not qualify (DNQ)|
|Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)|
|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)|
|Did not arrive (DNA)|
|Withdrew entry before the event (WD)|