In honor of Lotus unwrapping its new Type 125 over the weekend, we’ve decided to hit the company’s archives and quiz your knowledge on the many awesome automobiles that bore Colin Anthony Bruce Chapman’s initials and surname.
Think you know all vehicles that hailed from Hethel? Send us your best guess to the car shown above by means of the comments section below.
Did You Name Yesterday’s Lotus?
We’re quite impressed with those who were able to identify this stripped-down chassis as the 1963 Lotus Type 29, which helped spark a revolution in Indy car design.
The 29 was designed for the USAC and, notably, the Indianapolis 500, but it was a far cry from the conventional front-engine roadsters typically used in the sport. In fact, the 29 was itself based heavily upon the monocoque Type 25, which dominated the F1 circuit in 1962. The 29 used a longer wheelbase, modified suspension (several reports suggest it was offset to the left for oval racing), and a 256-cubic-inch, 390-horsepower Ford V-8.
The car was controversial before it even turned a lap. Dan Gurney wound up in seventh place (after wrecking another 29 during qualifying), but F1 driver/ Lotus legend Jimmy Clark had a great race, finishing in second place. Historians debate whether race winner Parnelli Jones should have been black flagged for an oil leak, but the Lotus team wasn’t complaining — in two year’s time, they’d take the checkered flag, and forever alter Indy history.