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|Chassis||Carbon fibre monocoque|
|Suspension (front)||Double wishbone, pushrod|
|Suspension (rear)||Double wishbone, pushrod|
|Engine||Ford HB 3,494 cc (213.2 cu in), 75° V8, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted|
|Notable entrants||Team Lotus Ford
Team Lotus Mugen-Honda
|Notable drivers||11. Mika Häkkinen
11. / 12. Johnny Herbert
12. Alessandro Zanardi
12. Pedro Lamy
|Debut||1992 San Marino Grand Prix|
The Lotus 107 was a Formula One car used by Team Lotus. Designed for the 1992 Formula One season, it brought in a final, short-lived period of competitiveness for the team in Formula One. A fresh design by Chris Murphy (apparently based on an unbuilt design he started at March), it had smooth sweeping lines a world away from the long developed and antique looking 102D. Lotus also harked back to competitiveness of previous decades with a supply of Ford Cosworth HB V8 engines, of a similar - if older - specification to those being used by Benetton. The 107 was the first Lotus to be fitted with a semi-automatic gearbox.
With a top notch driving squad of Johnny Herbert and a future double F1 World Champion Mika Häkkinen, the Lotuses were able to bring in some good results: at several races the twin cars were able to run in formation on the tail of the leading pack, at least in the early parts of the races. Reliability was limited.
Lotus 107B and 107C
The car was developed over succeeding seasons into B and C variants, the latter with Mugen-Honda power in place of the Cosworth. As was standard practice at the time, the team employed the active suspension technology that they had introduced to F1 back in 1987 on later variants, but the budget was not enough to make it really work, and besides, it was now far from being a unique capability. According to Alex Zanardi's autobiography My Story, the focus on this system was to the detriment of other aspects of the car.
The team's financial difficulties dragged it under at the end of 1994. The Lotus 109, the last Formula One car of the team, which ran in the latter part of 1994, was a further derivative of this design.
Complete Formula One results
|1992||Team Lotus||107||Ford HB
|1993||Team Lotus||107B||Ford HB
|1994||Team Lotus||107C||Mugen-Honda V10||G||BRA||PAC||SMR||MON||ESP||CAN||FRA||GBR||GER||HUN||BEL||ITA||POR||EUR||JPN||AUS||0||-|
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