|Lotus 49, Jim Clark, Belgian Grand Prix, 1967.|
In 1968, the Lotus 49 sprouted wings and dive planes. But I prefer to think of it as the last, and best, of the "cigar cars," as my sister calls them. It was an elegant engineering concept by Colin Chapman and Keith Duckworth, brilliantly executed. An off-the-transporter winner, not challenged until Cosworth made the dominant Formula 1 engine of the next decade available to other competitors. When you watch the video, put aside the production values and script. Focus on the car and the facts presented.