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Lotus 78 and 79: The Ground Effect Cars

Tipler, John

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ISBN 10: 1861265867 / ISBN 13: 9781861265869
Published by The Crowood Press, 2003
Condition: fine Hardcover
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Fine in fine dust jacket. First edition. Very scarce. Hardcover, 208 pp. with index, chronology, race records. Illustrated with photographs. The story of the Lotus "ground-effect" , discovered in 1977 when Colin Chapman's world champion racing team was in the doldrums. The Lotus 78 was the first Formula One to use the ground-effect principles of harnessing the airflow underneath the car by means of ducts and skirts to suck the car down onto the race track. Bookseller Inventory # E10672

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Title: Lotus 78 and 79: The Ground Effect Cars

Publisher: The Crowood Press

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Edition: First edition

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The Lotus 78 was the car that started the ground effect revolution in Formula 1. By means of ducts and flexible skirts, the air that passed under the car was used, literally, to suck it to the ground. It created a sensation and revived the British team's fortunes. Its successor, the 79, was a true 'wing car', and beautiful too, though it made its debut in a field that had already been transformed by the 78. The author has spoken to the men - engineers, designers, drivers and mechanics - who were at the chalk face of this revolution and this book is the fascinating result. Illustrated with superb photography and original working drawings, this is a book for fans of the golden era of Formula 1.

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John Tipler is a professional motoring journalist who has contributed to a number of leading magazines and has several automotive books in print.  John has been Press Officer for John Player Motorsport and also worked in the Press Office at the famous British motor racing circuit, Brands Hatch.  John lives with his family in Norwich, England.

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