|Chassis:||Carbon fiber reinforced plastic|
Mika Häkkinen Johnny Herbert
|First start:||1992 San Marino Grand Prix|
|Last start:||1992 Australian Grand Prix|
|World Cup points:||11|
Financial problems delayed the completion of the Lotus 107. Therefore, the team management decided to contest the first races of the 1992 Formula 1 season with the Lotus 102D . The new racing car made its debut at the Grand Prix of San Marino . The concept for this originally came from March's chief designer Gustav Brunner from the March CG921 project . After the insolvency of the racing team, personnel contingents and construction plans came to Lotus, who realized the vehicle. The monocoque itself was made entirely of carbon fiber reinforced plastic ; four chassis were built. The special feature of the Lotus 107 was the semi-active wheel suspension, which enabled electronic height adjustment of the chassis. The system turned out to be very prone to failure, which is why the racing car could be driven with or without electronic assistance. The tank held 200 liters.
Like the 102D, the Lotus 107 was powered by a 130 kg Cosworth HB-V eight -cylinder engine with 3,494 cm³. At a speed of around 13,800 rpm, it developed an output of 537 kW. The engine electronics and ignition system were from Cosworth . The manual transmission developed by Lotus was installed lengthways and had six forward and one reverse gears. The braking system came from AP. The shock absorbers, however, were obtained from Penske / OMZ.
The team's main sponsors were the British oil company Castrol , which belongs to the BP Group, and the Japanese electronics and mechanical engineering company Hitachi . Other Japanese advertising media included the construction machinery manufacturer Komatsu and model maker Tamiya .
According to Chris Murphy's statements, the Lotus 107 was a well-balanced and aerodynamically refined vehicle that would have had further potential with consistent further development. Due to ongoing financial problems of the team, however, hardly any test opportunities could be used to minimize the technical defects in the Lotus 107. Nevertheless, Mika Häkkinen achieved notable successes with his two fourth places in the races in France and Hungary . In total, he and his teammate Johnny Herbert got eleven of the total of 13 designer points on a Lotus 107, which brought the team fifth overall.
|1992 Formula 1 season||11||(5.)|
|J. Herbert||12||DNF||DNF||DNF||6th||DNF||DNF||DNF||13 *||DNF||DNF||DNF||13|
|green||-||Placement in the points|
|blue||-||Classified outside the point ranks|
|violet||DNF||Race not finished (did not finish)|
|red||DNQ||did not qualify|
|DNPQ||failed in pre-qualification (did not pre-qualify)|
|White||DNS||not at the start (did not start)|
|Light Blue||PO||only participated in the training (practiced only)|
|TD||Friday test driver|
|without||DNP||did not participate in the training (did not practice)|
|INJ||injured or sick|
|DNA||did not arrive|
|no participation in the World Cup|
|other||P / bold||Pole position|
|SR / italic||Fastest race lap|
|*||not at the finish,
but counted due to the distance covered
|underlined||Leader in the overall standings|
- François-Xavier Basse: Vehicle data sheet : Lotus 107A-Ford V8. Big increase. In: The large Formula 1 archive , Weltbild Verlag Augsburg, o. P.
- Anthony Pritchard: Lotus: The Competition Cars-All the Racing Type Numbers from 1947 to the Modern Era , Haynes Publishing Sparkford 2006, ISBN 978-1-84425-006-6 , pp. 200-202, 255.
- Achim Schlang: Grand Prix. The races for the 1992 Automobile World Championship , Motorbuch Verlag Stuttgart 1992, ISBN 978-3-613-01493-0 , p. 24 f.