Colin Chapman (Technical Director)|
Martin Ogilvie (Chief Designer)
Peter G. Wright (Aerodynamics)
|Chassis||Carbon fibre and kevlar monocoque|
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|Wheelbase||Script error: No such module "convert".|
|Engine||Ford Cosworth DFV, Script error: No such module "convert"., V8, NA, mid-mounted|
|Transmission||Hewland FGA 400 5-speed manual gearbox|
|Weight||Script error: No such module "convert".|
|Notable entrants||John Player Team Lotus|
23x15px Elio de Angelis|
23x15px Nigel Mansell
|Debut||1981 Monaco Grand Prix|
The car, driven by Italian Elio de Angelis and future world champion Nigel Mansell, was another step in Lotus' development of ground effect cars. Its predecessor, the Lotus 81 had proven to suffer from a chassis that was not rigid enough, compared to the dominant Williams FW07. Lotus therefore introduced a new chassis, built out of carbon fibre and reinforced by kevlar sheets, since the team felt carbon fibre alone would not be sufficient to provide the chassis with the stability needed. As the John Barnard-designed McLaren MP4/1 would prove, this was a miscalculation. The chassis was originally planned for the ambitious twin-chassis Lotus 88, but after the car was outlawed, it was hastily rebuild to become the more conservative 87. The car was not competitive enough to fight for victories, even though the drivers did manage to get some points. When the new turbo charged engines of Renault and Ferrari became more reliable, the car proved to be yet still too heavy and was replaced by a lighter 87B specification for the opening round of 1982. It was subsequently replaced alltogether by the Lotus 91, which proved more competitive, recording a podium in its first outing in Brazil.
Formula One World Championship results
|1981||Team Lotus||87|| Cosworth DFV
|Elio de Angelis||Ret||5||6||Ret||7||7||5||4||6||Ret|
|1982||Team Lotus||87B|| Cosworth DFV
|Elio de Angelis||8|
* Of these, 13 points were scored with the 87. During the season Lotus switched from Michelin to Goodyear tyres.
** No points scored with the 87B.
|Lotus production car timeline, 1950–present|
|Sports racer||Mark VIII||Mark IX||Eleven||15||17||19||23||30||40||47||62|
|Saloon||Ford Cortina Lotus||Ford Cortina Lotus|
|Grand tourer||Europa||Esprit||Europa S|
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