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Lotus 79
1978 jps mkiv lotus 79
Constructor Team Lotus
Designer(s) Peter Wright
Colin Chapman
Geoff Aldridge
Martin Ogilvie
Tony Rudd
Predecessor 78
Successor 80

The Lotus 79, also known as the John Player Special Mk. IV was a car designed in late 1977 by Colin Chapman of Lotus. The first car to take full advantage of ground effects aerodynamics, it was used to win the last drivers' and constructors' world championships for Lotus.

StatisticsEdit

World Championship statisticsEdit

Years active 1978-1979
Notable entrants John Player Team Lotus
Martini Racing Team Lotus
Team Rebaque
Notable drivers 5./1. Flag of the United States Mario Andretti
6. Flag of Sweden Ronnie Peterson
2. Flag of Argentina Carlos Reutemann
31. Flag of Mexico Héctor Rebaque
Debut 1978 Belgian Grand Prix
Races 26
Wins 6
Podiums 15
Pole positions 10
Fastest laps 5
Constructors' Championships 1 (1978 - Team Lotus)
Drivers' Championships 1 (1978 - Mario Andretti)

Technical specificationsEdit

Component Specification
Chassis Aluminium monocoque
Front suspension Double wishbone, inboard spring/damper
Rear suspension Parallel top links, lower wishbones, twin radius arms, outboard spring/damper
Tyres Goodyear
Weight -
Engine Ford-Cosworth DFV, 2993cc V8, naturally aspirated, mid-engined, longitudinally mounted
Gearbox Hewland FG400, 5-speed manual
Gears -
Fuel -

ResultsEdit

Complete World Championship resultsEdit

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

Year Entrant Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts. WCC
1978 John Player Team Lotus G ARG BRA RSA USW MON BEL ESP SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA USA CAN 861 1st1
5. Flag of the United States Andretti 1 1 Ret 1 Ret 1 Ret 1 6 Ret 10
6. Flag of Sweden Peterson 2 2 3 2 Ret Ret 1 2 Ret
55. Flag of France Jarier 15 Ret
1979 Martini Racing Team Lotus G ARG BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA 392 4th2
1. Flag of the United States Andretti 5 Ret 4 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 10 Ret
2. Flag of Argentina Reutemann 2 3 5 Ret 2 4 3 13 8 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret
Team Rebaque 55. Flag of Mexico Rebaque Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 9 Ret DNQ 7

^1 This total includes points scored by the Lotus 78.
^2 This total includes points scored by the Lotus 80 used by Andretti in three races.

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