LOTUS – FORD COSWORTH 79 n.6

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LOTUS – FORD COSWORTH 79 n.6

HISTORY

The Lotus – Ford Cosworth 79 is a car of the Formula 1 World Championship in 1978. Colin Chapman after the last victory in 1972 with the Lotus 72D, entrusted to Martin Ogilvie and Peter Wright a project that revolutionized the Formula 1 of that year. The car through the ducts under the sides generated an increase in downforce using the Venturi. Ronnie Peterson with the Lotus – Ford Cosworth 79 n.6 finished second in the Formula 1 World Championship in 1978

The Swedish driver managed to win two races during the season and got them in South Africa and Austria. In the Italian Grand Prix an accident at the start also involved Peterson, the car caught fire and the Lotus driver died the next day due to burns.

CHASSIS

Lotus 79
Designed: Colin Chapman with Martin Ogilvie and Peter Wright
Aluminium monocoque
Length: 4420 mm
Width: 2146 mm
Height: 965 mm
Suspension front: Upper rocker arms, lower wishbone, inboard spring/damper units
Suspension rear: Upper rocker arms, lower wishbones, inboard coil springs over dampers
Brakes: Disc
Tyres: Goodyear

ENGINE

Ford Cosworth DFV 2993 cc V8 90°
Mid, longitudinally mounted
Power: 358 Kw injection
Drive Type: Rear
Transmission: Hewland FGA 400 five speed manual gearbox
Fuel brand: Valvoline
Fuel Type: Petrol
Tank Capacity: 160 lt

RESULT

Second in the Formula 1 World Champion 1978 with driver Ronnie Peterson
GP winner: GP of South Africa 1978, GP of Austria 1978

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Driver

Peterson Ronnie

Manufacturer

Lotus

Race

Formula 1

Year Race

1978

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