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  Lotus 72 Cosworth
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:1970 - 1975
Numbers built:9
Designed by:Maurice Philippe / Colin Chapman for Lotus
Predecessor:Lotus 49B Cosworth
Successor:Lotus 76 Cosworth
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:February 15, 2008
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Engine
Configuration Ford Cosworth DFV 90º V8
Location Mid, longitudinally mounted
Weight 168 kilo / 370.4 lbs
Construction aluminium block and head
Displacement 2,993 cc / 182.6 cu in
Bore / Stroke 85.7 mm (3.4 in) / 64.8 mm (2.6 in)
Compression 11.5:1
Valvetrain 4 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Camshaft Gear driven
Fuel feed Lucas Fuel Injection
Lubrication Dry sump
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Power 440 bhp / 328 KW @ 10,000 rpm
BHP/Liter 147 bhp / liter

Drivetrain
Chassis aluminium monocoque
Suspension (fr/r) double wishbones, torsion bar springs, dampers
Steering rack-and-pinion
Brakes inboard discs, all-round
Gearbox Hewland DG 300 5 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive

Dimensions
Weight 540 kilo / 1,191 lbs
Length / Width / Height 4,191 mm (165 in) / 1,880 mm (74 in) / 1,168 mm (46 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2,540 mm (100 in) / 1,524 mm (60 in) / 1,626 mm (64 in)

Performance figures
Power to weight 0.81 bhp / kg

Race history
Major wins
1970 Dutch Grand Prix (Jochen Rindt in R2)
1970 French Grand Prix (Jochen Rindt in R2)
1970 British Grand Prix (Jochen Rindt in R2)
1970 German Grand Prix (Jochen Rindt in R2)
1970 USA Grand Prix (Emerson Fittipaldi in R5)
1972 Spanish Grand Prix (Emerson Fittipaldi in R7)
1972 Belgian Grand Prix (Emerson Fittipaldi in R7)
1972 British Grand Prix (Emerson Fittipaldi in R7)
1972 Austrian Grand Prix (Emerson Fittipaldi in R5)
1972 Italian Grand Prix (Emerson Fittipaldi in R5)
1973 Argentine Grand Prix (Emerson Fittipaldi in R7)
1973 Brazilian Grand Prix (Emerson Fittipaldi in R7)
1973 Spanish Grand Prix (Emerson Fittipaldi in R5)
1973 French Grand Prix (Ronnie Peterson in R6)
1973 Austrian Grand Prix (Ronnie Peterson in R6)
1973 Italian Grand Prix (Ronnie Peterson in R6)
1973 USA Grand Prix (Ronnie Peterson in R6)
1974 Monaco Grand Prix (Ronnie Peterson in R8)
1974 French Grand Prix (Ronnie Peterson in R8)
1974 Italian Grand Prix (Ronnie Peterson in R8)

Resources
Suggested reading
  • The Lotus Book S2, by William Taylor
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