Lotus 93T

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Lotus 93T
Category Formula One
Constructor Lotus
Designer(s) Colin Chapman
Martin Ogilvie
Predecessor 92
Successor 94T
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Carbon fibre and Kevlar monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbones, pull rod, coil springs
Suspension (rear) Double wishbones, pull rod, coil springs
Axle track Front: 1,816 mm (71 in)
Rear: 1,664 mm (66 in)
Wheelbase 2,667 mm (105 in)
Engine Renault Gordini EF1, 1,492 cc (91.0 cu in), 90° V6, turbo, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Lotus / Hewland 5-speed manual
Weight 560 kg (1,230 lb)
Fuel Elf
Tyres Pirelli
Competition history
Notable entrants John Player Team Lotus
Notable drivers 11. Italy Elio de Angelis
12. United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
Debut 1983 United States Grand Prix West
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
7 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Lotus 93T was a Formula One car with which the Team Lotus participated the first part of the F1 championship in 1983. It was the first Lotus car to use the Renault Gordini EF1 turbo engine and was the last F1 car designed by team founder Colin Chapman. In the championship the car was driven by Elio de Angelis, the other driver of the team, Nigel Mansell, raced with the Lotus 92, a car with the Ford Cosworth engine. The 93T was replaced in the course of the season with the Lotus 94T. Mansell drove the 93T car twice, in the 1983 German Grand Prix after he suffered problems with his 94T during the warm-up and had to revert to the older model and in a non-championship race, the 1983 Race of Champions. The 93T usually performed well in qualifying but suffered with reliability problems and came only once to the finish of a race.

Its design and development is the subject of the documentary Lotus Goes Turbo which follows the teams steps through the introduction of the new Renault engine to replace the naturally aspirated Cosworth power plant.


Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points WCC
1983 John Player Team Lotus Renault Gordini EF1
V6 tc
P BRA USW FRA SMR MON BEL DET CAN GBR GER AUT NED ITA EUR RSA 11* 8th
Elio de Angelis Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret
Nigel Mansell Ret

* All points scored using the Lotus 94T. Lotus-Renault placed 8th in the Constructors' Championship with 11 points. In addition, Lotus-Ford scored 1 point to place 13th in the Championship.

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