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December 13, 2012
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Lotus 72D Formula 1 by dangeruss Lotus 72D Formula 1 by dangeruss
The Lotus 72 was a Formula One car designed by Colin Chapman and Maurice Philippe of Lotus for the 1970 Formula One season.

he 72 was yet another innovative design by Chapman featuring inboard brakes, side mounted radiators in sidepods, as opposed to the nose mounted radiators which had been commonplace since the 1950s and an overhead air intake. The overall shape of the car was innovative too, resembling a wedge on wheels which was inspired by the earlier Lotus 56 gas turbine car, and the layout taken from the Lotus 63 four wheel drive project testbed. The shape made for better air penetration and higher speeds. In a back-to-back test with the Lotus 49, the 72 was 12 mph faster with the same Cosworth engine.
Chapman’s efforts produced one of the most remarkable and successful designs in F1 history. Taking the stressed engine layout technique from the Lotus 49 and adding advanced aerodynamics produced a car that was years ahead of its rivals. To begin with however, problems with the handling of the car had to be overcome, due to a lack of ‘feel’ caused by the anti-dive suspension geometry – which was designed to prevent the nose of the car dipping significantly under braking – and the anti-squat set-up at the rear, which was supposed to stop the car ‘squatting down’ under acceleration. Once the suspension was modified, there were no further problems. The car caused a sensation amongst the media and fans, with many people clamouring to see the remarkable car in action.

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ard85 Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic Car
Wow!!  I'd have sworn that was a photograph if I'd read the description.
Exevium Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wasn't Chapman also responsible for the Lotus with the side skirts (a.k.a. ground effect)? I think he was the Adrian Newey of his time. If rules weren't applied in racing, we'd wouldn't be watching F1 because it's too damn fast :P

Awesome picture though. Only flaw I can find isn't even on the car (too much blue in the steel of the concrete slabs), but other than that it's flawless :) Even down to the scrubbed tires, makes it even better.
dctoe Jun 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ah... those were the days.
Awesome work!!!!!!!!
I was 7 years old when the Fittipaldi was World Champion in 1972 and i´m very proud that he´s brazilian too.How about you make a Mclaren MP4/5 of Senna?
CDXIII Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
my computer bricked just thinking about the render time for this
young-chief Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love the john player special livery
You're killing it Russ! Love this!
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