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

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 1:30pm 9/16/11 1:30pm

The tangled paternity of Lotus Racing, simplified

This year's Formula 1 grid features Team Lotus racing against Lotus Renault GP, with both sides hiring as many lawyers as engineers. At his Grand Prix blog, Joe Saward constructed this handy chart showing the complicated peerage. Although I think Peter's is a bit more simplified, this tells an entirely different story, … » 2/04/11 10:30am 2/04/11 10:30am

Jalopnik Presents The Se7en Se7en Se7en Awards

To recap: About 55 Se7ens from USA7s descended on the idyllic hamlet of Deal's Gap to beat the bejesus out of the Dragon. Naturally, Jalopnik was there. You can read all about the exploits in yesterday's Se7en, Se7en, Oh My Se7en! . Today we're going to focus on some of the individual cars that piqued our fancy and… » 7/12/07 12:00pm 7/12/07 12:00pm

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 4:15pm 11/20/06 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 was … » 11/17/06 12:15am 11/17/06 12:15am