It’s the only fully operational, V12 Lamborghini-engined Formula One car in the world. The Lotus type 102 was built for the 1990 F1 season. It is an exciting combination of two great marques, Lotus and Lamborghini. The engine is a 3.5 litre 80 degree 48 valve V12 which gave the race team a competitive 650+ bhp. The gearbox is a 6 speed (+ reverse) transverse unit designed by Team Lotus and incorporating Lamborghini internals.
Designed under the technical direction of Frank Dernie the 102 represents about 150,000 hours of research, wind tunnel, continuous engineering and design time from concept to racing car. Since 1990 the car has been kept by the team, preserved within the Works Collection by Classic Team Lotus. This car is extremely rare and has been with the Lotus factory for twenty years. Now, after a full rebuild by the original team who designed and built the car, she is again running in the same form as she did in the 1990 season.
The car had been kept in storage at the factory for all those years and Classic Team Lotus was looking for someone able to buy it and drive it properly, partly as a show car to demonstrate the Lotus history in Formula One. As part of the deal, Classic Team Lotus agreed to supply a pit crew to attend events. Still today, some of the original mechanics who worked on the cars being raced by drivers such as Mansell, Senna, Johnny Herbert and Derek Warwick back in the day now look after the Lotus 102.
The car is in pristine condition, and available to run demo laps. The car is simply breathtaking and has been invited to some of the Worlds premier motoring events including the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Cholmondeley pageant of Power to name just a few. Get in touch with Icon F1 or visit the official website to learn more www.iconf1.com .
Take a look at Martin Donnelly racing the Icon F1.
Here are just a few quotes from spectators.
“B!%dy hell that’s ferociously quick”
“As a former driver i can tell you that from watching this the guy could well drive -- his technique is quite Senna-esque -- that alone requires one to be highly refined as a driver.”
Derek Warwick racing the Lotus 102 Lamborghini V12
Feedback from You tube spectators:-
“back then driving the vehicle was pilot 90% car 10% nowadays is car 90% pilot 10%”
“BALLS OF STEEL”
“Could shut my eyes and go to sleep with that soundtrack from the Lambo F1 V12. Perfection :)”