The Lotus 48 was a Formula 2 racing car designed by Colin Chapman and powered by a 1,600 cc (98 cu in) Cosworth FVA engine. Four cars were built, two of which were written off in accidents. Team Lotus ran the 48 in Formula Two in 1967 and 1968, although its first appearance was at the 1967 Australian Grand Prix, at that time a round of the Tasman Series. In 1969, the remaining two cars were purchased by Team Ireland, one of which was driven by John Watson in that year's B.A.R.C. "200" F2 event at Thruxton.
|Category||Formula One |
|Designer(s)||Colin Chapman |
|Chassis||Aluminium monocoque with rear subframe|
|Suspension (front)||Lower wishbones, top rockers actuating in-board coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar|
|Suspension (rear)||Reversed lower wishbones, top links, twin radius arms, coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar|
|Engine||Ford Cosworth FVA, 1,600 cc (98 cu in), L4, NA, mid-mounted.|
|Transmission||ZF 5DS12 5-speed manual gearbox|
|Weight||420 kg (930 lb)|
|Notable entrants||Team Lotus|
|Notable drivers||Jackie Oliver|
|Debut||1967 German Grand Prix|
|n.b. Unless otherwise stated, all data refer to|
Formula One World Championship Grands Prix only.
The '48' campaigned fairly successfully in F2, taking several wins. The car was also entered for one Formula One race, the 1967 German Grand Prix, where it was driven to fifth place by Jackie Oliver, winning the F2 class. Jim Clark was driving a Lotus 48 when he crashed and was fatally injured in the 1968 Deutschland Trophäe.
Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit
|1967||Lotus Components Ltd.||Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4||RSA||MON||NED||BEL||FRA||GBR||GER||CAN||ITA||USA||MEX||NC1||01|
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