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How BRM’s engine overreach hindered a pioneering F1 Lotus

Unfancied and overlooked by the Formula 1 history books, the Lotus 43 was the winner of one of F1’s biggest cash prizes during a 1966 season of toil. STUART CODLING explains how its potential was scuppered by an ambitious but flawed customer BRM H16 engine

In the pantheon of great Lotus racing cars – and there were plenty of them – there is no pedestal reserved for the 43, despite its status as a grand prix winner. Indeed, earlier this year GP Racing’s sister magazine Autosport placed it third in a list of the 10 worst GP-winning racers. Rather a harsh judgement on a car which had so much in common with its successor, the seminal 49, including the then-radical use of the engine as a stressed element of the chassis – it’s just that there’s no getting past the reputation of that engine.

PLUS: Track testing the legendary Lotus 49

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