The Lotus 78, one of the most significant F1 designs of the period, established ground effect as far-reaching development, and put Team Lotus back in the forefront. The principles of the car was laid down by Colin Chapman, and design was performed by Peter Wright, Martin Ogilvie and Tony Rudd. The car featured slim sandwich monocoque with wide side pods containing radiators, a fuel tank and the inverted wing section with a skirt in the outer bottom edge extending down to the track to seal in the airflow. In the 1977 season the car was driven by Mario Andretti and Gunnar Nilsson. American won four Grand Prix and finished the season 3rd in the Championship. Swedish driver scored his maiden and only victory in Belgium and was 8th in the final standings. Lotus was painted in their usual black JPS livery except Nilsson’s car in the Japanese Grand Prix. At Fuji International Speedway his Lotus featured dark red livery of Imperial cigarettes brand.
|Gunnar Nilsson||6||John Player Team Lotus|