LOTUS – FORD COSWORTH 72D

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LOTUS – FORD COSWORTH 72D

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HISTORY

The Lotus – Ford Cosworth 72D is the third evolution of the car that won the world in 1970. A car that Colin Chapman improved in every detail by abandoning the idea of the Lotus 56 turbine. The air intake for the engine mounted above the rider’s head became higher making the Cosworth engine more powerful, the larger rear wing gave greater aerodynamic efficiency.

The Lotus also wins the title of Constructors World Champion and with the guide, Emerson Fittipaldi won the F1 world championship in 1972, becoming the youngest driver to win the world championship at just 25 years of age. The brazilian driver showed great maturity, maintaining a regularity in getting points. He won five races: Spain, Belgium, Great Britain, Austria and Italy, just the victory in the Italian Grand Prix graduated with two races in advance World Champion, ahead of Stewart with Tyrrell, Hulme with McLaren M19 and Ickx with the Ferrari. The black livery and golden lettering of the John Player Special brand of cigarettes became a fantastic design, which the English team took until 1986.

CHASSIS

Lotus 72D
Designed: Maurice Philippe and Colin Chapman for Lotus
aluminium monocoque with fully stressed engine
Length: 4191 mm
Width: 1880 mm
Height: 1168 mm
Suspension front: Double wishbones, torsion bar springs, dampers
Suspension rear: Double wishbones, torsion bar springs, dampers
Brakes: ventilated discs, all round, mounted in-board
Tyres: Firestone

ENGINE

Ford Cosworth DFV 90° V8 2993 cc
Power: 331 kw
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive.
Transmission: Hewland FG 400 five speed Manual
Fuel brand: ?
Fuel Type: Petrol
Tank capacity: 75 litres

RESULT

Winner Formula 1 World Champion 1972 with driver Emerson Fittipaldi
GP winner: GP of Spain 1972, GP of Belgium 1972, GP of Great Britain 1972, GP of Austria 1972, GP of Italy 1972

Additional information

Driver

Fittipaldi Emerson

Manufacturer

Lotus

Race

Formula 1

Year Race

1972

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