Colin Chapman’s simple and chilling definition of a Formula One race car

To see the most interesting document at the Frankfurt Motor Show, one had to get a particular stool at Lotus then not sit down on it. Beneath a layer of glass was a page from Colin Chapman’s notebook from the summer of 1975 which contains many of his iconic quotes about Formula One cars. Some are simple, some are… »9/16/11 1:30pm9/16/11 1:30pm

Making Things With Aerodynamics: Wings Hit GP Competition

Mitch Yelverton over at The Truth About Cars has a brief history of late-Sixties/early-Seventies downforce packages and their consequences re: the future of Formula 1 motorsport competition. And guess what? It involves Colin Chapman. Interestingly, there's no mention of Texas Jim Hall, without whom no discussion of… »11/20/06 4:15pm11/20/06 4:15pm

Mr. Chapman Goes to Indianapolis: The Lotus-Ford Story

In 1961, after witnessing Jack Brabham's 9th-place finish in the Indy 500 in a mid-engined Cooper, Dan Gurney hooked up Colin Chapman and the Ford Motor Company to build a car for the '63 Indy 500 that would truly change the face of American open-wheel motorsports. But it was hardly a cakewalk. While Gurney felt it… »11/17/06 12:15am11/17/06 12:15am