F1 Dominance

Team Lotus dominated Formula One – achieving 12 pole positions, and 8 wins, and yet another Constructors’ and Drivers’ double act with Mario Andretti doing the honours in the driver’s seat. Andretti’s steed for the majority of the season, the Type 79 (or JPS Mk IV as it was also known), again proved Chapman’s genius for finding innovative engineering solutions.

The car was a development of the Type 78, which pioneered ‘ground effect’ on Grand Prix cars, harnessing the airflow under the car to literally suck it to the ground.

To mark this victory, Lotus produced 100 limited edition versions of the new Esprit S2 (launched earlier in the year), suitably liveried in JPS colours.