Lotus 21

The Lotus 21 was a Formula One racing car [1] designed by Colin Chapman. It was a mid-engined design using a tubular spaceframe structure skinned with fibreglass panels, of a more advanced build than seen in the Lotus 18. Powered by the 1.5-litre Coventry Climax FPF 4-cylinder engine, it used disc brakes all round.

Lotus 21
Lotus 21 at Silverstone Classic 2011.jpg
ManufacturerTeam Lotus
Body and chassis
ClassFormula One
Body styleOpen wheel
EngineCoventry Climax FPF
PredecessorLotus 18
SuccessorLotus 24 / Lotus 25

Used by the works Lotus team and the privateer Rob Walker Racing Team in 1961, the 21 was the first works Lotus to win a Formula One Grand Prix, in the hands of Innes Ireland at the 1961 United States Grand Prix. (Previous victories were taken by Rob Walker's team). Customer teams continued to use it up to 1965. It was soon rendered obsolete by the Lotus 24 and the monocoque Lotus 25 introduced for the 1962 Formula One season.[2]

Scale models and die castEdit


  1. ^ Automobile Year, No. 9, 1961–1962, Page 191.
  2. ^ Automobile Year, No. 10, 1962–1963, Pages 198-199.
  3. ^ Ramsey, John. The Swapmeet and Toyfair Catalogue of British Diecast Model Toys. Swapmeet Toys and Models Ltd. p. 33. ISBN 095093190X.