In a quest for maximum mechanical grip Colin Chapman designed the Lotus 58 F2 chassis. It featured DeDion front and rear suspension to try and keep the wide tyres in vertical contact with the track. The 58 was furthermore equipped with a revolutionary four-pedal dual braking system.
Jim Clark was to test it at Hockenheim in the week after the Nürburgring F2 race. Clark however was killed in a high speed crash in that F2 race. Colin Chapman and Graham Hill tested it once on the private Hethel circuit after which the project was abondened.
It has been completely restored in the late 1990s by Classic Team Lotus and made its racing debut in 2001. The radical Lotus is seen here at the 2002 Goodwood Festival of Speed where it celebrated 50 years of Lotus Engineering.
This is certainly a weird design, but I am just puzzled from the picture of the front suspension where exactly the beam axle is going if this is supposed to be a De-Dion system. It looks like the shockabsorber is in the way. Is there more to say about this 4 peddle braking system?
Country of origin
Ford Cosworth FVA Straight 4
Mid, longitudinally mounted
1.598 liter / 97.5 cu in
4 valves / cylinder, DOHC
225 bhp / 168 KW
141 bhp / liter
DeDion axle, twin radius rods, coil springs over dampers
ventilated discs, all-round
ZF 5 speed Manual
Rear wheel drive
431 kilo / 950.2 lbs
Length / Width / Height
3861 mm (152 in) / 1778 mm (70 in) / 787 mm (31 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r)
2438 mm (96 in) / 1270 mm (50 in) / 1372 mm (54 in)