His­toric tur­bine Lotus racer to be re­stored for out­ings in 2017

Motor Sport News - - Historics -

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.

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