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The Lotus 78 was used by Lotus in the 1977 and 1978 seasons, so it logically underwent various evolutions. That is why we liked this new photo-etched plate by Studio27 for the Tamiya kit so much, because apart from the radiator grilles, the closures or the rear wing supports, it has different configurations of the side skirts and the side plans of the front and rear wings so that regardless of the race and season chosen, the Lotus model has the detail it deserves.

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Colin Chapman's sensational breakthrough into the field of aerodynamics completely baffled his competitors by creating the revolutionary Lotus 78/79.
In the 1975 season, the Lotus Formula 1 team was in serious trouble. Its Type 72 cars were outdated and no longer competitive, and the production of its replacement, the Lotus 76, had failed. Honoring his great powers, Colin Chapman projected one of his greatest achievements. As he put it, I sat down and really thought about what we needed, and decided a car with wings was the answer. In the end, Colin compiled a 27-page concept paper, specifying all the requirements, which he handed over to Engineering Director Tony Rudd to form a new research and development group within Lotus. The basic philosophy was simple: use the underside of the car's body to generate downward momentum as it moved through the air, much like the wings being added to single-seaters at the time. Since the location of the radiators is vital in racing cars, the designers were reminded of the lower wing section of de Havilland Mosquito aircraft, with its radiators hidden in the leading edge. So in the Lotus wind tunnel an inverted wing section was built, and the result of the report was clear: "The Mosquito flies". The invention worked, and the plans materialized with the construction of a monocoque chassis with Mosquito-type wing sections attached to both sides.
The first Formula 1 Lotus with wings had its first basic test drive in August 1976, and on December 21 of the same year the new John Player Special Mark III, or Lotus 78, was presented to the public at the Royal Garden Hotel in London.
In total, the Lotus 78 achieved 7 Grand Prix victories, 5 in 1977 and 2 in 1978, before the Lotus 79, its natural evolution, eventually helped Mario Andretti, and Lotus itself, become Drivers' and Manufacturers' World Champions respectively.
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Image 1: Lotus Ford Type 78 - FIA Formula 1 World Championship 1977 | Detail up set in 1/20 scale manufactured by Studio27 (ref. ST27-FP2060, also FP2060)Image 2: Lotus Ford Type 78 - FIA Formula 1 World Championship 1977 | Detail up set in 1/20 scale manufactured by Studio27 (ref. ST27-FP2060, also FP2060)Image 3: Lotus Ford Type 78 - FIA Formula 1 World Championship 1977 | Detail up set in 1/20 scale manufactured by Studio27 (ref. ST27-FP2060, also FP2060)Image 4: Lotus Ford Type 78 - FIA Formula 1 World Championship 1977 | Detail up set in 1/20 scale manufactured by Studio27 (ref. ST27-FP2060, also FP2060)Image 5: Lotus Ford Type 78 - FIA Formula 1 World Championship 1977 | Detail up set in 1/20 scale manufactured by Studio27 (ref. ST27-FP2060, also FP2060)Image 6: Lotus Ford Type 78 - FIA Formula 1 World Championship 1977 | Detail up set in 1/20 scale manufactured by Studio27 (ref. ST27-FP2060, also FP2060)Image 7: Lotus Ford Type 78 - FIA Formula 1 World Championship 1977 | Detail up set in 1/20 scale manufactured by Studio27 (ref. ST27-FP2060, also FP2060)Image 8: Lotus Ford Type 78 - FIA Formula 1 World Championship 1977 | Detail up set in 1/20 scale manufactured by Studio27 (ref. ST27-FP2060, also FP2060)Image 9: Lotus Ford Type 78 - FIA Formula 1 World Championship 1977 | Detail up set in 1/20 scale manufactured by Studio27 (ref. ST27-FP2060, also FP2060)Image 10: Lotus Ford Type 78 - FIA Formula 1 World Championship 1977 | Detail up set in 1/20 scale manufactured by Studio27 (ref. ST27-FP2060, also FP2060)Image 11: Lotus Ford Type 78 - FIA Formula 1 World Championship 1977 | Detail up set in 1/20 scale manufactured by Studio27 (ref. ST27-FP2060, also FP2060)Image 12: Lotus Ford Type 78 - FIA Formula 1 World Championship 1977 | Detail up set in 1/20 scale manufactured by Studio27 (ref. ST27-FP2060, also FP2060)Image 13: Lotus Ford Type 78 - FIA Formula 1 World Championship 1977 | Detail up set in 1/20 scale manufactured by Studio27 (ref. ST27-FP2060, also FP2060)