Yet another revolutionary F1 car design by Colin Chapman, embodied in the 72, brought the team another success, albeit in a tragic circumstances. Lotus 72 had the completely new shape achieved by chisel-shaped nose and radiator intakes mounted on the cockpit sides for better air penetration and higher speeds, as opposed to the nose mounted radiators which had been commonplace since the 1950s. The suspension, too, was innovative breakthrough for the coil-springs had been replaced by torsion bars. In a back-to-back test with the Lotus 49, the 72 was 12 mph faster with the same Cosworth engine. In its original form the car had anti-dive suspension which was designed to prevent the nose of the car dipping significantly under braking, and the anti-squat set-up at the rear, which was supposed to stop the car ‘squatting down’ under acceleration. But these characteristics led to poor handling of the car and were subsequently removed. With anti-squat removed, the car was designated 72B, while 72C had both anti-squat and anti-dive features removed and had an extensively strengthened monocoque. First Lotus 72 had appeared at Spanish Grand Prix in Jarama in April; 72B was tested by John Miles during Belgian Grand Prix, and 72C was introduces at Netherlands GP at Zandvoort. Austrian talent Johen Rindt won 5 out of 9 Championship Grand Prix until his fatal crash in practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Four his victories were taken behind the wheel of 72C, including victory at French Grand Prix, the car from which is presented in this scale model from RBA Collection.
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