Lotus 49 was introduced by Colin Chapman for the first 3-litre Formula season in 1967. New FIA regulations left many of the independent teams like Lotus and Cooper without an engine. Solving this problem Chapman organized very productive Ford – Cosworth partnership by joining abilities of his old friends Mike Costin and Keith Duckworth, the founders of the Cosworth engine tuning company, with financial backing from Ford. Using a Ford four cylinder as a base, the Cosworth team first developed a 16-valve 1600 cc FVA engine for Formula 2. It would form the basis for the three-litre V8 readied for the 1967 season. The 49 was an advanced design in Formula 1 because of its chassis configuration. The specially-designed engine became a stress-bearing structural member bolted to the monocoque at one end and the suspension and gearbox at the other. Since then, virtually all Formula 1 cars have been built this way. 49B was the specification of Lotus 49 for the 1968 season. Lotus team started the season with Jim Clark and Graham Hill. Clark managed to drive only one championship race, the South African Grand Prix in January, which he won. On 7 April 1968, Clark died in a racing accident at the Hockenheimring in a non-championship Formula Two event.
|1968||F1WC||South African GP|
|Jim Clark||4||Team Lotus|