Lotus 92

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Lotus 92
Lotus 92 Donington.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Lotus
Designer(s) Colin Chapman
Martin Ogilvie
Predecessor 91
Successor 93T
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Carbon fibre and Kevlar monocoque
Suspension (front) Lotus Active suspension
Suspension (rear) Lotus Active suspension
Axle track Front: 1,786 mm (70.3 in)
Rear: 1,672 mm (65.8 in)
Wheelbase 2,799 mm (110.2 in)
Engine Cosworth DFV, 2,993 cc (182.6 cu in), 90° V8, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Lotus / Hewland 5-speed manual
Weight 580 kg (1,280 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 Brazilian Grand Prix
Races Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps
8 0 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Lotus 92 was a Formula One racing car designed by Martin Ogilvie along with Team Lotus founder Colin Chapman before Chapman died in December 1982. The 92 was used by Lotus in the first part of the 1983 Formula One season.

The car was driven regularly by Nigel Mansell and also in one race (the 1983 Brazilian Grand Prix) by Elio de Angelis. Engine problems on the warmup lap for de Angelis' Renault turbo-engined Lotus 93T forced him into the spare 92, which eventually led to his disqualification, for changing from a Renault-engined car to a Cosworth-engined one. The 92's best result was a 6th place for Mansell at the Detroit Grand Prix.

The 92 was the last non-turbo car designed and raced by Lotus until the turbo engines were banned from the 1989 season. It was also the last Lotus car to carry the Cosworth DFY V8 engine (a development of the Keith Duckworth designed Cosworth DFV which Lotus had introduced to F1 in 1967), while also being the first Lotus to use active suspension. The suspension system gave a lot of trouble and virtually eroded Mansell's confidence in such things. Though when he eventually won the World Championship with Williams nine years later (1992), it was in a car with active suspension.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pts. WCC
1983 John Player Team Lotus Cosworth DFV
V8 NA
P BRA USW FRA SMR MON BEL DET CAN GBR GER AUT NED ITA EUR RSA 1 12th
Elio de Angelis DSQ
Nigel Mansell 12 12 Ret 12 Ret Ret 6 Ret

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