At last able to prioritise 49, Phillippe
finalizes its front and rear suspension.
Sunday, Jan. 1
Cosworth receives the bulk of Ford’s
stipend: £ 50,000.
Thursday, Feb. 9
Team Lotus orders 49’s first parts.
Friday, Feb. 17
Fabricators Roy Franks and Colin Knight
embark on 49’s build. Co-ordinated by
Tuesday, April 25
The DFV raises eyebrows at its launch
at Ford’s showroom in London’s Regent
Street: the press has been expecting
12 cylinders at the mimimum... “702” is
promptly shipped to Hethel for fitting.
Sunday, May 7
The 49’s scheduled debut at Monaco is
missed mainly on account of the DFV’s
breathing/lubrication problems. By way
of a short-term fix, external aluminum
tubes connecting the crankcase to the
right-hand cam-box are fitted to
Monday, May 8
Before the advent of wings and
commercial liveries, 49 is a purist’s
delight, Chapman and Duckworth
concurring that lightness is next to
godliness. The chassis, with its single piece
of bodywork – a glass-fiber nose cone – is a
“simple bracket” for a 90-degree V8 that
is wider than it is long and butted flush to
the 18-gauge aluminum monocoque’s
(MAIN) Jim Clark
celebrates a debut
win for the Lotus 49
and DFV in the 1967
Dutch Grand Prix,
Graham Hill (BELOW)
pushes his 49 back
to the pits after a
timing gear failure.
years of compulsory
with the Royal Air
Force, first as a pilot,
and then navigator.
chief mechanic Dick Scammell, they are
assisted by New Zealander Leo Wybrott
and new driver signing Graham Hill’s
designated mechanics, Dougie Bridge and
Dale Porteous – the latter another Kiwi.
Sunday, Feb. 19
Hill gives the FVA its international debut
in the Warwick Farm, New South Wales,
round of the New Zealand/Australia-based Tasman Series. His F2-spec Type
48 is running third when it loses drive.
Friday, March 24
The FVA wins on its European F2 debut,
courtesy of Jochen Rindt’s Brabham
in the Guards 100 at Snetterton,
just down the road from the new
The DFV runs for the first time and gives
more than 400hp before a valve spring,
taken from a BSA Gold Star motorcycle,
breaks. Custom items by Schmitthelm in
Germany will cure this problem.
26 SEPTEMBER 2017
FORMULA 1: LOTUS 49-FORD