Friday, May 19, 2017

"Lotus Founder" Colin Chapman Born - May 19, 1928

May 19, 1928 - December 16, 1982
Colin Chapman 
(Photo; motorpunk.co.uk)
In 1952 he founded the sports car company. Under his direction, Team Lotus won seven Formula One Constructors' titles, six Drivers Championships, and the Indianapolis 500, between 1962 and 1978. The production side of Lotus Cars has built tens of thousands of relatively affordable, cutting edge sports cars. Lotus is one of but a handful of English performance car builders still in business after the industrial decline of the 1970s.

The influential English design engineer, inventor, and builder in the automotive industry, and founder of Lotus Cars, died from a heart attack at the age of 54. He died on the same day active suspension is tested for the first time on a Formula One car, when Dave Scott drove the Lotus 92 at Snetterton, England.

He was inducted in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1997.
(Photo; lotusespritturbo.com)

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