Lotus 79 (1978) Dutch GP - Mario Andretti


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Lotus 79 (1978) Dutch GP - Mario Andretti

Many motorsport historians believe that this car, along with its predecessor the Type 78, is the most significant design in racing history. It is a ‘ground effects’ car, harnessing the power of air as a fluid to drive the car towards the ground and thus increase its handling ability through the power range. *The Lotus 79, also know as the John Player Special Mark IV or ‘Black Beauty’ was hailed for its stunning good looks. Technically, it has an aluminium, monocoque chassis and one giant fuel cell, to replace the previous three separate cells used on the Type 78. It is powered by a Ford Cosworth DFV engine that was housed at the rear of the car. Radiators were imbedded in the leading edge of the sidepods and the front disc brakes were mounted outboard, whilst the rear brakes were mounted inboard.*This model is of the car raced to first place by Mario Andretti at the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, where his teammate, Ronnie Peterson, also claimed second prize. Lotus went on to take the Constructors’ Championship with this car and Andretti and Peterson took first and second places in the Drivers’ Championship respectively.

This fine 1:8 scale model of the Lotus 79 has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Lotus regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both Lotus's engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.

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