Lo­tus 98T Year: 1986

Motor Sport News - - World Rallycross -

Re­nault had been a pioneer with tur­bocharg­ing in F1, and it was at the fore­front again with pneu­matic valves. That al­lowed the V6 en­gine to run in ex­cess of four bar of boost in the races and five and a half in qual­i­fy­ing, which pushed the out­put to­wards 900bhp – at the very top of the tur­bocharg­ing zenith. Senna won in Spain and Monaco, and he and team-mate Johnny Dum­fries helped the team to third in the con­struc­tors’ points. It was the last Lo­tus pow­ered by a Re­nault en­gine, as the team switched to Honda for the fol­low­ing sea­son.

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