No, not a new V12 engined car from Hethel but the Lotus Type 102 Formula 1 car was started by Classic Team Lotus for the first time in 21 years today. The Type 102 is an exciting combination of two great marques, Lotus and Lamborghini and interestingly it is the only Lotus ever to run a V12 engine. Designed under the technical direction of Frank Dernie the 102 represents about 150,000 hours of R&D, wind tunnel, continuous engineering and design time from concept to racing car.

All composite manufacture was undertaken in-house at Ketteringham Hall. (The Team even made a super light carbon fibre helmet for Warwick and knuckle protectors for Donnelly.) The engine is a 3.5 litre 80 degree 48 valve V12 which gave the team a competitive 650 plus horsepower, from a strong and practical unit. The gearbox is a 6 speed (+ reverse) transverse unit designed by Team Lotus and incorporating Lamborghini internals.

The 102 was raced in the 1990 F1 World Championship by Derek Warwick and Martin Donnelly. They achieved some good points finishes in a competitive season for Team Lotus, thereby preserving the team’s vital top 10 status. Martin Donnelly suffered a big accident at Jerez. Johnny Herbert deputised for Martin for the rest of the season, making his Grand Prix début at the Japanese GP.  Since 1990 the car has been kept by the team, preserved within the Works Collection by Classic Team Lotus and we think you’ll agree that it’s an amazing sounding car!

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This is 102/4 and its history in the 1990 FIA Formula One World Championship

Circuit Event Date Driver Miles Comments
Imola Test 3/4/5 May Warwick 491
Imola GP 11/12/13 May Warwick 412 RP 7
Ricard Test 22 May Warwick 31
Monaco GP 24/25/26/27 May Warwick 324 DNF Brakes
Montreal GP 8/9/10 June Warwick 288 RP 6
Mexico GP 22/23/24 June Warwick 373 RP 10
Ricard GP 6/7/8 July Warwick 458 RP 11
Silverstone GP 13/14/15 July Warwick 315 DNF Engine
Hockenheim GP 27/28/29 July Warwick 499 RP 8
Budapest GP 10/11/12 Aug Warwick 409 RP 5
Monza Test 28/29/30 Aug Donnelly 579
Estoril GP 21/22/23 Sept Warwick ?
Jerez GP 28/29/03 Sept Warwick ? DNF G/box
Suzuka GP 19/20/21 Oct Warwick ? DNF G/box
Adelaide GP 2/3/4 Nov Warwick 246 DNF G/box

Total

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