Additional details for the Lotus Ford Type 79
detail up set:
- Manufactured by Studio27 in 1/20 scale with reference ST27-FP2072R (also listed as 4545310019244 and FP2072).
- Raced at the World Championship in 1978.
- To be used with Hasegawa references 23203 and FG3.
- Includes photo-etched parts, seatbelt fabric, white metal parts and assembly instructions.
- Package measures 110 mm x 190 mm x 1 mm (width x depth x height), weighting 20 g.
- Box barcode 4545310019244 (GTIN/EAN)
- Featured in newsletters 449 and 452.
The Lotus 79 was a Formula One car designed in late 1977 by Colin Chapman, Geoff Aldridge, Martin Ogilvie, Tony Rudd and Peter Wright of Lotus. It is considered by many the most significant and respected racing car design of all time. The Lotus 79 was the first F1 car to take full advantage of ground effects aerodynamics, pioneered in its immediate predecessor, the Lotus 78. The undercar pressure problems in the 78 were resolved with the 79, with further design work on the venturi tunnels under the car, which allowed the low pressure area to be evenly spaced along the whole of the underside. This was achieved by extending the rear bodywork to a point inside the rear wheels, allowing the underside to extend further back, instead of ending abruptly in front of the rear wheels on the 78. As a result, the rear suspension was also redesigned to allow the air to exit the rear more cleanly than on its predecessor. This allowed a smaller rear wing to be designed, causing less drag. When the car first appeared, the upper bodywork was steeply raked and featured Coke bottle sidepods. After work in the wind tunnel, these features were found to be unnecessary, as the car generated so much downforce anyway. These features were however later incorporated into the Lotus 80.
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