Historic turbine Lotus racer to be restored for outings in 2017
Classic Team Lotus hopes to restore the unique Lotus 56B gas turbine grand prix car and have it running again during 2017.
The four-wheel-drive car was built in 1971 as a development of the 1968 Type 56 Indy car. But it proved heavy and uncompetitive and the project was abandoned after two nonchampionship F1 races and three points-paying GP starts.
Emerson Fittipaldi, Reine Wisell and Dave Walker all raced the Pratt and Whitney-engined car before Lotus boss Colin Chapman pulled the plug.
Now, the team led by Chapman’s son Clive hopes to return the car to running order after a long period in storage.
“The restoration will have to fit around our customer work,” said Chapman. “We’d like to have it running next year.”
Demonstration runs at events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed will be the target for the unusual F1 car.