The Lotus 101 was Team Lotus’s car for the 1989 Formula One season. Two major circumstances determined the design of the car. First, Lotus, along with other competitors, now had to incorporate 3,500 cc normally aspirated engines into their cars. So Lotus switched from Honda to Judd V8 which developed around 610 bhp, about 80 bhp less than the dominant Honda V10 engine used by McLaren. Second, chief designer Gerard Ducarouge departed during 1988 and former Williams aerodynamicist Frank Dernie was appointed as Technical Director in November 1988. The majority of the work for the 101 had been conducted by chief designer Mike Coughlan. The team retained the drivers from the previous year – Nelson Piquet and Satoru Nakajima. Piquet once again had no wins, but even no podiums that season. The Brazilian scored several finishes in the first 6 and was just 8th with 12 points in the final championship standings.
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