His engineering philosophy was to 'add lightness', and now 30 years after his untimely death, Colin Chapman CBE, one of motor racing's greatest innovators, has been inducted into Motor Sport magazine's prestigious Hall of Fame.
Chapman founded Lotus Engineering in 1952, and the company went on to win seven Formula One Constructor’s Championships, six Drivers’ World titles, as well as the famous Indy 500 in the United States.
He is credited with numerous design breakthroughs, including the fully stressed 'monocoque' chassis, 'ground effects' aerodynamics, and use of lightweight carbonfibre construction.
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