Lotus 79 1977 onwards (all models)


Andrew Cotton


An insight into the design, engineering and operation of the pioneering Lotus ground-effect Formula 1 car

The Lotus 79, with its classic JPS black and gold sponsorship colours, was the first F1 car to fully exploit the potential of ground-effect aerodynamics. Designed by Colin Chapman and his engineering team, the Lotus 79 dominated the 1978 World Championship, taking US driver Mario Andretti with his only F1 World Championship.