The Lotus 69 was the series of single seaters built for four categories – F2, F3, Formula B/Atlantic, and Formula Ford. The specification differed by chassis features and engines used. F3 car inherited the Lotus 59 square tube frame and was powered by various Ford-based engines. Formula 2 version had a monocoque center section with tubular front and rear, and Cosworth FVA engine was used. In the 1971 Formula 2 season Team Lotus provided works car and support to two F2 teams – LIRA Team Lotus and J & J Stanton – Lotus Racing. LIRA, London International Racing Associates, founded by Justin Haler and Chris Witty, was supplied with two Lotus 69 cars to be driven by Lotus contracted drivers Swede Reine Wisell and British Richard Scott. J & J Stanton car was intended for British Gerry Birrell. LIRA drivers did not score any points, while Birrell collected 7 points in the European F2 championship races and finished the season 11th. The major success of the season came to LIRA when Wisell won the non-European championship Pau Grand Prix, which was the round of the French Formula 2 Trophy.
|1971||Trophées de France FFSA de Formule 2||Pau GP|
|Reine Wisell||18||LIRA – Team Lotus|