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1960 Lotus 18

Racing Past Presented by Shannons Insurance.

The Lotus 18 was the first mid-engined car built by Lotus and was a rather revolutionary development.

At that time many grids still featured larger, heavier front engine cars and the 18 – or the “bread box” as it became affectionately known - soon made it patently obvious that light weight and good handling held clear advantages.

Car # 95
Engine: 1100cc Ford 105E
Driver: Paul Faulkner

The car was a classic Colin Chapman design, being extremely light and simple; the body was made up of lightweight panels bolted to heavily-triangulated tubular spaceframe chassis.

The 18’s were produced in many variants from the 2500cc Coventry Climax Grand Prix to the 998cc or 1100cc Formula Junior variant as you see here.