When I think Team Lotus, my mind instantly flicks to the spectacular image of Jim Clark’s green and yellow Formula 1 car airborne through Pflanzgarten at the ‘Ring. Others may think of Graham Hill’s Gold Leaf Lotus 49 contrasting with the Glen’s autumnal hues. Some may picture Emmo’s glorious black and gold Lotus 72 sweeping across the finish line at Monza Autodrome.
One thing is for certain, Team Lotus are synonymous with motor racing having won seven Formula 1 Constructors' Titles, six Drivers' Championships, and the Indianapolis 500 between the years of 1962 and 1978. Headed by founder and chief designer Colin Chapman, Lotus were at the forefront of innovative and experimental designs in motorsport. Chapman’s genius philosophy of "simplify, then add lightness" was also applied to Lotus’ sportscars and tin-tops, also to great success. The following is an attempt to chronicle our favourite Lotus motorsport machines.