The Lotus team entered the 1987 season with the new engine supplier – Honda, and with the new title sponsor – Camel. The yellow-painted 99T cars were significant competitor that year. Due to Honda’s existing deal with Williams which allowed that team exclusive use of the 1987-spec RA167-E unit, Lotus instead used the previous season’s RA166-E. As part of the deal, Honda’s test driver Satoru Nakajima was signed as teammate to Ayrton Senna. Despite Senna was describing the car as nothing more than the previous year’s 98T with a Honda engine instead of the Renault, the 99T had some new features. For instance, the 99T was fitted with electronic active suspension – Lotus returned to this feature after the team had experimented with the system on the Lotus 92 in the 1983 season. So the car was reliable and fast enough (at least in Senna’s hands) to fight for the top positions with Williams, McLaren, and Ferrari. Senna won twice (at Monaco and Detroit), scored six other podium finishes, and put himself and the team to third in the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships. Nakajima, a Formula 1 rookie, was completely overperformed by the Brazilian, but was not as bad as it might be expected. Honda protégée was the regular finisher, scored 7 points and found himself on the 12th position in the final driver’s standings of the season. The scale model from Eaglemoss Lendas Brasileiras do Automobilismo Collection is marked as Monaco GP 1987.
|Ayrton Senna||12||Camel Team Lotus Honda|
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