Lotus 76, designed by Colin Chapman, Tony Rudd and Ralph Bellamy, was intended to replace the older 72 in the 1974 Formula 1 season. The new model featured modified aerodynamics, a lighter chassis, longer wheelbase and a narrower, lower monocoque, and a bi-plane rear wing, designed to increase rear downforce and stability. The 76 was ready for the third round of the championship, South African Grand Prix and was used by Team Lotus drivers Ronnie Peterson and Jacky Ickx in South Africa, Spain and Belgium, retiring in all 6 starts. The team returned to the good old 72 which in hands of Peterson took victories in 3 Grand Prix races (in Monaco, France and Italy). Meanwhile the 76 was upgraded to ‘B’ specification, with enlarged sidepods, better cooling and conventional rear wing. Car reappeared at the German Gran Prix where Peterson drove it to the 4th place. Then the 76 was used twice by Ickx in Austrian and Italian Gran Prix. The last chance was given to 76 an the United States Grand Prix, when Lotus made a third entry for Tim Schenken. At the end of the season the 76 project was abandoned in favor of keeping the 72 competitive for one more season in 1975.
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