Colin Chapman and Team Lotus produced some of the most important and iconic cars in Formula 1 history. The Lotus 25 brought monocoque chassis to the fore, the 49 introduced the Cosworth DFV as a stressed member, the 72 helped set the template for modern single-seaters, and the 79 took F1 into a new realm with ground-effects.
To mark F1's celebration of the 1000th world championship race at last year's Chinese Grand Prix, Ben Anderson conducted a special track test for Autosport magazine at Lotus Cars' circuit at Hethel. And now that the world championship is celebrating its 70th birthday, it seemed a good time to revisit four milestone machines.
Thanks to Colin Chapman's son Clive and the Classic Team Lotus concern that he runs, which helps keep the Lotus name alive in historic motorsport, we tested four of the very best Lotus F1 cars to ever grace a circuit. The type 25, 49, 72 and 79 designs represent F1 at its innovative best - redefining the boundaries of competition for their contemporaries and pioneering concepts that still hold relevance today.