Lotus 107

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Lotus 107

Constructor: United KingdomUnited Kingdom lotus
Designer: Chris Murphy
Peter Wright
Predecessor: Lotus 102D
Successor: Lotus 107B
Technical specifications
Chassis: Carbon fiber reinforced plastic
Wheelbase: 2950 mm
Weight: 535 kg
Tires: Goodyear
Petrol: Castrol
Driver: FinlandFinland Mika Häkkinen Johnny Herbert
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
First start: 1992 San Marino Grand Prix
Last start: 1992 Australian Grand Prix
Starts Victories Poles SR
23 - - -
World Cup points: 11
Podiums: -
Leadership laps: -
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The Lotus 107 was a Formula 1 racing car from the British racing team Lotus , which was used in the 1992 Formula 1 season .

Technical specifications

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 .

Season course

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.

driver No. 1 2 3 4th 5 6th 7th 8th 9 10 11 12 13 14th 15th 16 Points rank
1992 Formula 1 season Flag of South Africa (1928–1994) .svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of San Marino (1862–2011) .svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium (civil) .svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 11 (5.)
FinlandFinland M. Hakkinen 11 DNF DNF 4th 6th DNF 4th 6th DNF 5 DNF 7th
United KingdomUnited Kingdom J. Herbert 12 DNF DNF DNF 6th DNF DNF DNF 13 * DNF DNF DNF 13
colour abbreviation meaning
gold - victory
silver - 2nd place
bronze - 3rd place
green - Placement in the points
blue - Classified outside the point ranks
violet DNF Race not finished (did not finish)
NC not classified
red DNQ did not qualify
DNPQ failed in pre-qualification (did not pre-qualify)
black DSQ disqualified
White DNS not at the start (did not start)
WD withdrawn
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
EX excluded
DNA did not arrive
C. Race canceled
  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
() Streak results
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.

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