Classic #f1 Car For Sale – 1984 Lotus 95T
From the auction listing for this Ex Mansell Lotus Formula 1 car for sale:
This 1984 Lotus Type T95 John Player Special is one of 4 such cars built by Lotus for the 1984 Formula 1 season. Designed by Frenchman Gérard Ducarouge, the 95T helped re-establish Lotus as a Formula 1 contender. The first newly designed Lotus F1 chassis since the 1981 88, the 95T was the third generation F1 Lotus to employ Renault’s supremely powerful V-6 engine using twin KKK turbochargers and a Lotus/Hewland FGB 5-speed manual transmission. It also took full advantage of contemporary construction techniques and ground effects design, using a one-piece Kevlar upper body over a carbon fiber monocoque and ground effects undertray. Suspension followed common contemporary F1 practice with double wishbone control arms, pull-rod operated inboard coil springs and shock absorbers and front and rear anti-roll bars.
The Lotus 95T was an F1 car designed by Gérard Ducarouge for Team Lotus’ use in the 1984 Formula One season. It was Lotus’ first newly designed chassis since the Lotus 88. The car was powered by a Renault turbo V6 engine which used both Garrett and KKK turbochargers throughout the season. It was a development of the previous Lotus 94T, which had proved competitive at the end of 1983. The team switched from Pirelli to Goodyear tyres for the new season, but the new rubber was not on a par with the Michelins run by the McLaren team who won 12 of the 16 races in 1984. Lotus were also the only top team running on Goodyear rubber who didn’t win a race in 1984, with both Ferrari and Williams each winning a race.
The Ducarouge designed 95T was seen by many in Formula One as being as good as the McLaren MP4/2, its biggest problems being the tyres, the Lotus gearbox which continued to be plagued by unreliability, and the Renault engine, which while powerful at 800 bhp (597 kW; 811 PS), and mostly reliable, wasn’t as fuel efficient as the TAG-Porsche engine powering the McLarens. Despite only being a Renault customer and in direct competition with the factory Renault RE50s, Lotus generally outpaced and outscored the French team throughout the season.
Nigel Mansell had a chance to win the Monaco Grand Prix during a rain hit race, but crashed in the early stages while leading, prompting team boss Peter Warr to famously comment “He’ll never win a Grand Prix as long as I have a hole in my arse”
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