Thursday, May 18, 2017

Team Lotus Makes Its Formula One Debut At Monaco - May 18, 1958

May 18, 1958
Team Lotus, one of the most successful teams in history, makes its Formula One debut at the Monaco Grand Prix with Cliff Allison finishing in fifth place. The other team car of Graham Hill retired on lap 69 with a broken half-shaft.

The Lotus Engineering Company was founded by Colin Chapman in 1952 as a result of Chapman's great success in building and racing trial cars. Located in Norfolk, England, Lotus has become over the last few decades one of racing's most dominant teams. Currently limited to Formula One competition, Lotus was initially a diverse racing team. Lotus dominated Le Mans in the '50s. The mid-1960s saw the Golden Age of Lotus racing as its British drivers Jim Clark and Graham Hill enjoyed great success. Jim Clark won the first World Driver's Championship for Lotus in 1963. Lotus has in recent years been represented by virtuoso drivers as Emmerson Fittipaldi and Alessandro Zanardi.

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