Lotus 72

Lotus 72

The Lotus 72: responsible for winning the Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships three and two times, respectively. Won Constructors in 1970, 1972, and 1973, and won Drivers’ titles in 1970 with Jochen Rindt, and 1972 with ‘Emmo’ Fittipaldi.

Constructor Lotus
Designer(s) Colin Chapman, Tony Rudd, Maurice Philippe
Predecessor 49/63
Successor 76/77
Chassis Aluminium monocoque
Engine Ford Cosworth DFV, 2,993 cc
Transmission 5-speed manual

This amazing car won a total 20 times, with 17 poles, in 75 races.

Embedded in innovation, the 72 featured inboard brakes, side mounted radiators in sidepods, and in a back-to-back test with the Lotus 49, the 72 was 12 mph faster, with the same Cosworth engine. Indeed one of the most remarkable and successful designs ever.