The sheer originality of the Lotus 72 led to its utter domination on the track. With six seasons, 74 races, 20 Grand Prix victories, two drivers’ championships and three constructors’ championships to its name, it’s hard to think of a more effective Formula One racer.
First introduced in the second race of the 1970 season, the Colin Chapman and Maurice Philippe-designed Lotus 72 exhibited the kind of pioneering features that would become synonymous with the British team. Its inboard brakes, side-mounted radiators, overhead air intake, and wedge-shaped, aerodynamic design together ensured it would become an F1 icon.
The car secured constructors’ and drivers’ titles in 1970 (Jochen Rindt) and 1972 (Emerson Fittipaldi). This 1973 iteration, redesigned to accommodate new safety rules and newly bedecked in its striking black-and-gold livery, carried the Brazilian World Champion to three race wins that, in combination with the four recorded by his teammate Ronnie Peterson, were enough to bring home yet another constructors title.
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