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  Lotus 58 Cosworth

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1968
Numbers built:1
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionIn 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.

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