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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,[4] 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.[5]

Lotus 48
Lotus 48 - 001.jpg
CategoryFormula One
Formula Two
ConstructorTeam Lotus
Designer(s)Colin Chapman
(Technical Director)
Maurice Philippe
(Chief Designer)
Technical specifications[1][2][3]
ChassisAluminium 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
EngineFord Cosworth FVA, 1,600 cc (98 cu in), L4, NA, mid-mounted.
TransmissionZF 5DS12 5-speed manual gearbox
Weight420 kg (930 lb)
Competition history
Notable entrantsTeam Lotus
Notable driversUnited Kingdom Jackie Oliver
Debut1967 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,[6] 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


Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Points WCC
1967 Lotus Components Ltd. Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4 F RSA MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER CAN ITA USA MEX NC1 01
Jackie Oliver 5

^1 No points scored by the Lotus 48 as it was run in a Formula Two Category.


  1. ^ "STATS F1, Lola T100". Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Lola T100". Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Lola Ford/BMW". Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  4. ^ "1967 Australia Tasman Races".
  5. ^ "XXIV B.A.R.C. "200" 1969".
  6. ^ a b Small, Steve (2004). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 271. ISBN 0851127029.