Lotus Race Cars – Model List

Every Lotus Race Car Ever Made

Formula 1 / IndyCar / Junior Formula / Sports Racers

There have been many flavors of the Lotus racing machines over the years. The race team itself has been known as Team Lotus, Lotus Racing and there is even a team sponsored by Lotus Cars (2012-1015 F1 season). Below we take you through a detailed list of every Lotus race car model we could find. Sit back and enjoy because this could take a while.

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Lotus Formula 1 Cars

First up is Lotus and F1 racing. Lotus first entered Formula One through its sister company Team Lotus in 1958. A Lotus Formula One car driven by Stirling Moss won the marque’s first Grand Prix in 1960 at Monaco. Major success came in 1963 with the Lotus 25, which won Team Lotus its first F1 World Constructors Championship. Team Lotus continued to be a major player in Formula One up until the late 1980s. In all it had five Drivers’ Championships and one Constructors championship.

The team took a hiatus from F1 from 1994 till 2010 when a a new Malaysian team called Lotus Racing was awarded an entry. The new team used the Lotus name under licence from Group Lotus and was unrelated to the original Team Lotus. This is where things get crazy. It involves court cases and all sorts of other fun, but the net is that in 2012 Lotus Renault GP was rebranded as Lotus F1 Team and its cars were badged as Lotuses, while Team Lotus was renamed Caterham F1 Team and its cars were badged as Caterhams.

Lotus T128 (F1)

Lotus T128 (F1)

2011 Season

Team Lotus F1 car, made for 2011 season. 2011 saw the car abandon its Cosworth engine in favour of one developed by Renault. The T128 was faster than the Virgin cars and HRTs.

Lotus T127

Lotus T127 (F1)

2010 Season

Team Lotus F1 car, made for 2010 season. An average year in 2010 when it raced but it did show that it was faster than the other new teams of the same year which was a big win.

Lotus 109 (1994)

Lotus 109 (F1)

1994 Season

The Lotus 109 was a Formula One car used by Team Lotus in the latter part of the 1994 Formula One season. It was designed by Chris Murphy who based the car on his Lotus 107 model.

Lotus 107 (F1)

Lotus 107 (F1)

1992-1994 Seasons

The Lotus 107 was designed for the 1992 Formula One season, and used throughout most of 1992, 1993 and part of 1994, it brought in a final, short-lived period of competitiveness for the team in F1.

Lotus 102

Lotus 102 (F1)

1990-1992 Season

The Lotus 102 was a F1 car for use in the 1990 season. The 102 was an evolution of the Lotus 101 and would eventually go on to compete in 37 races spanning three seasons from 1990 until 1992.

Lotus 101

Lotus 101 (F1)

1989 Season

The Lotus 101 was Team Lotus’s entry for the 1989 Formula One season. While the team was optimistic the 101 was a poor racing car and was very underpowered compared to the Hondas of the era.

Lotus 100T

Lotus 100T (F1)

1988 Season

Used during the 1988 F1 season the Lotus 100T was an updated version of the 99T below. Technically the car was virtually unchanged, except for redesigned nose and rear bodywork.

Lotus 99T

Lotus 99T (F1) 

1987  Season

John Player Special was replaced by Camel as title sponsor for 1987. The 99T was the second Lotus chassis to be fitted with electronic active suspension and won multiple races at the hands of Ayrton Senna.

Lotus 98T

Lotus 98T (F1)

1986-1987 Season

A development of the previous year’s 97T, the car was raced by Ayrton Senna and Johnny Dumfries. The engine was a Renault EF15B turbocharged V6 engine (one of the most powerful in the sport ever).

Lotus 97T

Lotus 97T (F1)

1985-1986 Season

A development of the previous year’s 95T, the car was powered by the turbocharged 1.5-litre Renault EF15B V6 engine. The car was a success, taking 8 poles, (7 for Senna and 1 for de Angelis), and 3 wins.

Lotus 95T

Lotus 95T (F1)

1984 Season

Built for the 1984 season, the 95T was powered by the Renault Gordini EF4 V6 turbo engine. The car was driven  de Angelis and Mansell who were competitive in a season dominated by McLaren.

Lotus 94T (F1)

Lotus 94T (F1)

1983 Season

This car was used in the second part of the ’83 F1 season. Powered by the Renault Gordini EF1 V6 turbo engine it was moderately successful and was able to get third place in the 1983 European grand prix.

Lotus 93T (F1)

Lotus 93T (F1)

1983 Season

The year that Lotus switched from Cosworth to Renault power (the first Lotus to use the Renault Gordini EF1 turbo). The 93T was replaced during the season with the Lotus 94T (Mansell drove it twice).

Lotus 92

Lotus 92 (F1)

1983 Season

The last Chapman era car. The 92 was used for the first part of the season. It was the last non-turbo car by Lotus (until the turbos were banned in 1990) and the first car to be fitted with active suspension.

Lotus 91

Lotus 91 (F1)

1982 Season

Powered by the Ford Cosworth DFV the 91 was uncomplicated and was designed from scratch after Lotus had some bad years. The new car was the first Lotus chassis to use carbon brakes. The 91 was mostly competitive on ultra fast tracks.

Lotus 88

Lotus 88 (F1)

1981 Season

The 88 had a twin chassis, one inside the other. The inner chassis would hold the cockpit and would be independently sprung from the outer one. Other teams complained and the FIA banned the car.

Lotus 87

Lotus 87 (F1)

1980-1982 Season

The 87 continued to leverage ground effects and this time added a stiffer, carbon fiber and kevlar chassis. The car was not competitive enough to fight for victories, even though the drivers did get some points.

Lotus 80

Lotus 80 (F1)

1979 Season

In 1979, the 79 was to be replaced by the Lotus 80. It was designed to take ground effects to the absolute max. It was not competitive and the Lotus 79 was modified and took over for the rest of the season. A setback.

Lotus 79

Lotus 79 (F1)

1978-1979 Season

The Lotus 79 was the first F1 car to take full advantage of ground effects aero, pioneered by the Lotus 78. The 79 was almost unbeatable during 1978, winning Lotus the drivers and constructors championship.

Lotus 78

Lotus 78 (F1)

1977-1978 Season

Known as the “wing car”, the Lotus 78 raced in 1977 and 1978. This was the car that started the F1 ground effects era. The breakthrough was Chapmans insights on low drag air penetration.

Lotus 77 (F1)

Lotus 77 (F1)

1976 Season

The car was a stop-gap means to an end for Lotus after the failure of the Lotus 76 and the obsolescence of the Lotus 72. The 77  was slimmer and lighter than the the 72, with similarly powered Cosworth DFV.

Lotus 72

Lotus 72 (F1)

1970-1972 Seasons

Introduced partway through 1970 the 72 was immediately competitive.  Rindt was almost certainly going to win the championship but was killed in a qualifying crash (becoming F1’s only posthumous champion).

Lotus 63

Lotus 63 (F1)

1969 Season

The Lotus 63 was an experimental F1 car for the 1969 season. Like the Lotus 56 for the Indy 500 (and later F1), the 63 chassis was designed around a four wheel drive system. It was tested in a race in 1969.

Lotus 49

Lotus 49 (F1)

1967 – 1970 Season

Designed around the Cosworth DFV engine and built for the 1967 season, the Lotus 49 won on debut. Graham Hill went on to win that year’s title and the car continued winning races until 1970.

Lotus 43

Lotus 43 (F1)

1966 Season

The Lotus 43 was a Formula One racing car designed by Colin Chapman for the 1966 season. Hampered by its heavy and unreliable BRM engine, it won only one race, the 1966 United States Grand Prix.

Lotus 33

Lotus 33 (F1)

1964-1965 Season

A development of the successful Lotus 25, in the hands of Jim Clark it won 5 World Championship Grands Prix in 1965, assisting Clark to his second World Championship.

Lotus 25

Lotus 25 (F1)

1962-1964 Seasons

It was the first fully stressed monocoque chassis to appear in Formula One. In the hands of Jim Clark it took 14 World Championship Grand Prix wins and propelled him to his 1963 World Championship title.

Lotus 24

Lotus 24 (F1)

1962 Season

Despite some early success in non-Championship Grands Prix, it was eclipsed by the technically superior Lotus 25 and rarely featured in the points in World Championship races.

Lotus 21

Lotus 21 (F1)

1961

The Lotus 21 had a tubular spaceframe structure skinned with fibreglass panels. Used by the works Lotus team, the 21 was the first works Lotus to win a Formula One Grand Prix

The 18 was replaced by the Lotus 21 in Formula One

Lotus 18 (F1)

1960–1961

Lotus 18 was the first mid-engined car built by Lotus and was a marked improvement over Chapman’s early and only moderately successful front-engined formula cars. The 18 was replaced by the 21 in F1.

Lotus 16

Lotus 16 (F1)

1958–1960

The Lotus 16 was constructed to compete in both the Formula One and Formula Two categories, and was the first Lotus car to be constructed for Formula One competition.

Lotus 12 (F1)

1957

The Lotus 12 was a Formula Two and Formula One racing car. Despite its engineering advances, the 12 was not a success in F1. In F2, the car won the class in the mixed F1/F2 1958 BRDC International Trophy.

Lotus IndyCars

Colin Chapman was a man who liked to push limits and to break new ground. His original thinking was extraordinary and when it came to racing he was able to leverage that originality into some of the most famous race cars ever built. We know he did in in F1, but many people don’t know that he also did it in IndyCar (albeit briefly).

Chapman’s Lotus 29 Indycar of 1963 was part of a massive revolution by moving the engine from front to rear. Next came turbocharged engines, wings, advanced-aero and low-profile tyres. In 1968 Chapman joined the turbine revolution with a Lotus 56 that was a wedge-shaped and was powered by a turbine. They almost won too, were it not for mechanical failures at the end of the race. There were other innovations too, that was the Colin Chapman way. Finally there was the Lotus 64, a four-wheel-drive, wedge car with big wings front and rear. The engine was mounted backwards so it could drive the centrally mounted 4WD transmission. A crash in practice turned out to be the end of the Team Lotus at Indianapolis or any other Indycar race.

Technically Lotus returned to IndyCar in 2011 through a partnership with KV Racing Technology. Lotus provided technical support but we are not counting them as Lotus’. The following types of Lotus were constructed for competition in the Indy Car racing series.

Lotus 96T (Indycar)

Lotus 96T (IndyCar)

1984 Season

The Lotus type 96T was Team Lotus’s last Indycar. Despite the project’s promising beginnings, CART did not support a Works team and that meant no sponsorship and the end of the program.

Lotus 64

Lotus 64 Ford (IndyCar)

1969 Season (Did not race)

Lotus retained much of the Lotus 56 chassis which had worked so well in 1968. A failure in one car lead to the cars being withdrawn from the race. Further controversy followed the remaining cars.

Lotus 56 Pratt & Whitney

Lotus 56B (IndyCar)

1968

The all-new Indy racer was built around an aluminium monocoque chassis. The new Lotus was powered by a Pratt & Whitney turbine. At the end of the year, both turbine engines and four-wheel drive were outlawed.

Lotus 42

Lotus 42 (IndyCar)

1966-1967

The Lotus 42B was originally designed as an Indianapolis car but would do most of its racing in F5000. A Ford V8 was fitted to the first Lotus 42, which Graham Hill raced at Indianapolis in 1967.

Lotus 38

Lotus 38 (IndyCar)

1965

The 1965 Lotus 38 finally won the Indy 500 for Colin Chapman and Jim Clark after Clark had finished second in 1963 in the Lotus 29 and had retired after leading from pole in 1964 in the Lotus 34.

Lotus 34

Lotus 34 (IndyCar)

1964

With experience under their belts and more time to prepare, the new-for-1964 Lotus 34 Ford looked set to finally take it all. While they didn’t win due to a failure, they get four USAC victories and two Indy 500 poles.

Lotus 29

Lotus 29 (IndyCar)

1963

Lotus’s first Indycar was a development of the Formula 1 Lotus 25. It had a Ford V8 engine. Two 29s raced in the 1963 Indy 500, one finished second. The Lotus 29 dominated at Milwaukee later in ’63.

Lotus F2, F3 & Formula Ford Race Cars

Although F1 was almost always the raison d’être behind Lotus, cars were often built for other formula especially F2 and F3 where the were often very successful. Lotus has had a lot of success in the many junior formula series over the years.

Lotus 74 - Texaco Star (F2)

Lotus 74 (F2)

1973 Season

The Texaco Stars were first shown to the public at the Belgian GP. The 16-valve racing version of the Lotus engine was developed by Novamotor (Gianni Pedrazzani) and it was claimed it would develop 275 bhp.

Lotus 73

Lotus 73 (F3)

1972-1973 Seasons

The 73 was the F3 answer to the F1 Championship winning 72. Built for use as a works car, it was designated a “John Player Special”. The car was ultimately too complex to be set up quickly for short F3 races.

Lotus 69

Lotus 69 (F2/F3/F Ford)

1970 Season

The Lotus 69 was designed by Dave Baldwin for use in F2, F3, F Ford and FB/ Atlantic. The Novamotor twin-cam Ford powered car winning no less than 25 races out of 32 entered.

Lotus 61

Lotus 61 (F Ford)

1969

Formula Ford, “the wedge”. The Lotus 61 was used all over Europe and America in Formula Ford. The car had Removable fiberglass nose, bellypan, and engine cover. It was moderately successful in Formula Ford.

Lotus 59 Formula 2

Lotus 59 (F2/F3)

1969 – 1970

The Lotus 59 was a dual purpose F2/F3 spaceframe chassis. The car proved a success, its chunky body hampered it a little on fast circuits but it had a reputation for putting the power down very well.

Lotus 55

Lotus 55 (F3)

1968 Season

Lotus took a 41C and modified the front suspension. In addition a dramatic (for the time) wedge shaped body was fitted. Only the one car was built and average performance meant Lotus moved to 59.

Lotus 41

Lotus 41 (F3)

1966 Season

The 41 was the result of a major rethink by Lotus. Results were at best reasonable. There were several victories in the season but once again Brabham was the leader by a mile and dominated.

Lotus 35

Lotus 35 (F3)

1965 Season

There was no specific F3 model for 1965 but several teams modified the F2 Type 35 to F3 spec. The lack of any interest by Lotus showed and the there was only one win for Lotus.

Lotus 31 (F3)

1964 Season

The first F3 Lotus was the 31 which was basically a minor rework of the 1962 F Junior 22. In the year of Jackie Stewart and the Tyrrell-Coopers the 31 was very much an also ran with just one win.

Lotus 70 (F5000/Form A)

1970 Season

The Lotus 70 was a race car designed by Lotus for the Formula 5000 races. Originally designated the Lotus 68, the car was designed by Martin Waide and introduced at the end of the 1969 racing season.

Lotus 22

Lotus 22 (F3)

1962-1965 Seasons

The 22 is a single-seat race car primarily for the Formula Junior series and most had a 1,098 cc (67.0 cu in) Cosworth Mk.IV or Mk.XI engine with about 100 hp.

Lotus 20

Lotus 20 (F3)

1961 Season

Successor to the Lotus 18, the Lotus 20 was a Formula Junior car built for the 1961 season. The 20B was mostly the same as the 20, but with sway bar and stock inboard drum brakes in the rear.

Lotus 18 Junior

Lotus 18 (F3)

1960–1961

Lotus 18 was the first mid-engined car built by Lotus and was a marked improvement over Chapman’s early and only moderately successful front-engined formula cars.

Lotus 16

Lotus 16 (F2)

1960–1961

The Lotus 16 was constructed to compete in both the Formula One and Formula Two categories, and was the first Lotus car to be constructed for Formula One competition.

Lotus_12

Lotus 12 (F2)

1958

The Lotus 12 was a Formula Two and Formula One racing car. Despite its engineering advances, the 12 was not a success in F1. In F2, the car won the class in the mixed F1/F2 1958 BRDC International Trophy.

Lotus 51

Lotus 51

1967-1969

Lotus built the Type 51, Type 51A and Type 51R during the 1967 and 1968 Formula Ford seasons. The Type 51 Series did very well in Formula Ford competition and this helped increase demand for the cars.

Lotus 48

Lotus 48

1967

The Lotus 48 was a Formula 2 racing car designed by Colin Chapman. Bolted to the rear bulkhead was a steel tubular subframe, which housed the FVA engine and ZF gearbox.

Lotus 44

Lotus 44

1967

Formula two car built by Lotus. Unfortunately we could not find much public information about this car.

Lotus 41

Lotus 41

1966-1968

The 41 was a multi-purpose machine, racing in Formula Three, Formula Two and Formula B. It was a clean-sheet car and they created a very stiff and cleverly designed race car.

Lotus 39

Lotus 39

1965-1966

Used as a Tasman Cup formula car (it was originally designed for F1), the Type 39 was powered by a Coventry Climax 2.5 liter engine. It was good enough for Jim Clark to finish 3rd in the 1966 Tasman Series.

Lotus 35

Lotus 35

1965

Colin Chapman decided that for 1964 Lotus needed a versatile single seater, based on the Lotus 25 and 33 F1 cars. The Lotus 35 was the result. It could accommodate a variety of engines and raced in F2, F3 and FB.

Lotus 32

Lotus 32

1964-1965

The chassis of the 32 was an aluminium monocoque with steel front and rear bulkhead and centre section to bring it up to weight. Suspension followed the usual Lotus practice. Raced in F2 and Tasman Cup.

Lotus 31

Lotus 31

1964-1965

The Lotus 31 was a racing car produced by Lotus for the new 1-litre Formula 3 introduced in 1964, replacing the expensive Formula Junior. It had 97hp from a Ford engine.

Lotus 27

Lotus 27

1963

The Lotus 27 was a Formula Junior version of the Lotus 25 Formula One car for the 1963 Formula Junior season. Its body was aluminium monocoque with steel bulkheads.

Lotus Sports Race Cars

Lotus raced in a lot more than just Formula 1 and the usual open-top race series’. Lotus tried its hands at LeMans, GTE, Cup racing and more. In this section we take you through all of Lotus’ “other” race cars.

Lotus 125 Exos

Lotus Exos T125

2010

The Type 125 Exos is the third of a batch of competition cars. The T125 is powered by a Cosworth 3.5 litre GP V8 engine producing 640bhp linked to a six-speed semi automatic gearbox with paddle shift.

Lotus T128 Prototype

Lotus T128 (Le Mans)

2012 Season

Race car built for 24 Hours of LeMans. Lotus publicly announced its T128 programme on the weekend of the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans. It did not have much success in prototype racing.

Lotus Evora GTE

Lotus Evora GTE

2011 Season

In 2011 Lotus re envisioned their Evora into the GTE race car. It was made for outright endurance racing at events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The body is entirely new and constructed from carbon fiber.

Lotus Evora Type 124 Endurance Racer

Lotus Evora Type 124

2010 Season

The Lotus Evora Type 124 Endurance Racecar has been developed from the award-winning Evora road car and is built to FIA regulations and safety standards.

Lotus Evora Cup GT4

Lotus Evora GT4/Cup

2010 Season

The Evora Cup race car was designed to offer a level of performance that would make it competitive in GT4 racing. The car was eligible to compete in a number of different national and international series.

Lotus Esprit Type 114

Lotus Esprit Type 114

1996-1997

The Lotus Esprit GT1 car was unveiled at the Paul Ricard circuit for the first race of the 1996 GT series. The new racer features the Lotus V8 engine, a new six-speed racing transmission. It raced in GT1 and GT2.

Lotus Esprit X180R

Lotus Esprit X180R

1991 – 1994 Seasons

In 1990 Lotus needed a race program to promote the Esprit in the US market. To do this they upgraded an Esprit SE to race in the SCCA series. The new car, strictly race prepared, was called the Type 105.

Lotus Europa Type 62

Lotus Europa Type 62

1969

A tubular space framed Europa coupe with a 1990cc 220bhp Vauxhall based slant four engine and used double wishbone suspension at both front and rear. Only 2 built.

Lotus 47

Lotus 47

1966-1970

Racing version of Europa. The very first Type 47 was based on a modified Europa while all subsequent cars were produced entirely by Lotus Components rather than the main factory.

Lotus 40

Lotus 40

1965

The Lotus 40 was a further development of the Lotus 30. Equipped with 15in wheels and vented disc brakes as well as a larger engine, the 40 was just as recalcitrant as the 30. Tough race car.

Lotus 30

Lotus 30

1964

This was Chapman’s first attempt at a large displacement sports car. With a Ford small block V8 it races in both British and international races. Fun fact is that it was originally equipped with headlights and tail lights.

Lotus 23

Lotus 23

1962-1963 Seasons

Small displacement mid-engined sports racer. Nominally a two-seater, it was purpose-built for FIA Group 4 racing in 1962–1963. To comply with FIA, it had a regulation trunk space to the right-rear of the driver.

Lotus 26R

Lotus 26R

1962-1966

The Elan 26R was fully homologated racing version of Elan. The racing car weighed in at around 600 kg while the 1558 cc could produce anywhere between 160 and 175 bhp depending on state of tune.

Lotus 19

Lotus 19

1960–1962 Seasons

Mid-engined larger displacement sports racer, “Monte Carlo”. The 19 and 19B were mid-engine, rear wheel drive sports racer with a fiberglass body over a space frame. The car raced in Group 4.

Lotus LX

Lotus LX (Le Mans)

1960 Season

Lotus Elite road car built to win at Le Mans with a 2.0 L FPF engine. However, its Le Mans foray was ill-starred from the beginning. A number of issues lead to the Le Mans entry being cancelled.

Lotus 17

Lotus 17

1959 Season

The Lotus 17 was Chapman’s answer to the Lola Mk 1. It was essentially a smaller, even lighter, even more aerodynamic sports racer update of the Eleven which was being beaten by the Lola Mk I.

Lotus 15

Lotus 15

1958–1960 Seasons

This Group 4 Lotus racer was a two-seater, front-engine, rear wheel drive sports racer with an aluminium body over a space frame configuration. It was an update of the Mark X, Climax 1.5 – 2.5 L.

Lotus 14

Lotus 14 (Elite)

1957–1963 Seasons

The Lotus Elite was the first production street car. Like its siblings, the Elite was run in numerous formulae, with particular success at Le Mans and the Nürburgring. We are adding it here because it raced.

Eleven Series 2

Lotus 13 (Eleven Series 2)

1956-1958 Seasons

The later versions of the Lotus Eleven (built in 1958) were officially called Eleven Series 2, but were informally referred to as Lotus 13 because they were made between the 12 and 14 (13 was not used by Lotus).

Lotus Eleven

Lotus Eleven

1956-1957 Seasons

The Lotus Eleven was a small displacement sports racer (750 – 1500 cc) made by Lotus in 1956. The car’s most notable race result was 7th overall at the 1956 Le Mans. A design update happened in 1957.

Mark X

Lotus Mark X

1956-1958 Seasons

The Lotus Mark X was an aluminium-bodied sports racing car manufactured by Lotus Engineering Ltd. The X was almost identical to the Mark VIII but made use of the larger 2.0-litre Bristol engine.

Lotus Mark IX

Lotus Mark IX

1954–1955 Seasons

A total of about thirty of the Mark IX sports racing cars were produced in various forms, and these were successfully raced in both Europe and the US. It had a new chassis compared to the Mark VIII.

Lotus Mark VIII

Lotus Mark VIII

1953-1955 Seasons

The Lotus Mark VIII car was Colin Chapman’s first fully enclosed aerodynamic design. It was a lightweight 1100 lbs powered by an 85 bhp engine and a maximum speed of 125 mph.

Lotus Mark VI

Lotus Mark VI

1953-1957

Chapman’s first production race car. Essentially a kit car that customers would buy and add whatever engine and gearbox they wanted. This flexibility meant it could be used in a lot of race series’.

lotus mark iv

Lotus Mark IV

1952

Chapman went back to focusing on trials for the Mark IV. Once again it was based on the Austin 7 chassis with a Ford 4 cylinder engine. Immediately successful it won its class on its first attempt.

Lotus Mark III

Lotus Mark III

1951

Colin got serious by building a single-seater sports car. This was the first “Lotus” branded car and it marked a change of focus for Chapman who built the Mark III to focus on road racing rather than trials.

Lotus Mk II

Lotus Mark II

1949-1950

Improved on the Mark I. Austin 7 body and now with a Ford engine and transmission. Had a cigar-shaped body with a rounded nose. Designed to compete in Trials events, it also won its class at Silverstone.

Lotus 01

Lotus Mark I

1948

The first car designed and built by Colin Chapman in 1948 (while still a student at the University of London). Designed to compete as a trials car. Austin 7 chassis and running gear.

 

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