Conceived by Colin Chapman, the Lotus 72 is one of the most successful Formula 1 cars ever made. This innovative car with its wedge-shaped profile, side-mounted radiators and inboard front brakes was driven during 1970 by Jochen Rindt, Formula 1 s posthumous World Champion, and also gave Emerson Fittipaldi the World Champion's crown in 1972. Here, in this new Haynes Manual, is a unique perspective on what it takes to restore, maintain and race a Lotus 72, as well as an insight into the design and engineering of this legendary racing car. The Lotus 72 story: teething troubles; debut win in 1970 Dutch GP; Rindt's posthumous World Championhip in 1970; a lean year in 1971 with no wins; another title in 1972, for Fittipldi; team-mates Ronnie Peterson and Fittipaldi take seven wins in 1973; protracted old age with active use lasting into 1975. Anatomy of the Lotus 72: aerodynamics, chassis, engine, transmission, suspension, steering, brakes, wheels and tyres, electrics. Restore for track use: restoration projects; obtaining spare parts; making replacement parts. The owner s view: buying a Lotus 72; values and insurance. The driver s view: racing in period; racing now. The engineer s view: maintenance and repairs; set-up for racing.
Ian Wagstaff is a freelance journalist specialising in motorsport and the automotive components industry. A member of the Guild of Motoring Writers and a former press officer at Silverstone circuit, he writes for a number of magazines in both Europe and the USA such as Racecar Engineering, Autosport, Motor Sport, Diesel Car, Classic Cars for Sale, Car & Accessory Trader and Import Automotive Parts & Accessories. He also acts as PR consultant to Zytek Motorsport. In 2006 he was awarded the Mercedes Benz Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy for his book 'The British at Le Mans'. He was also given the Guild's Pierre Dreyfus Award in 1986 for work with the Economist Intelligence Unit.
A follow-up to his Le Mans book, entitled 'The British at Indianapolis', was published in October 2010 and, like 'The British at Le Mans', has been Octane magazine's 'Book of the Month'. The day before the 2011 Indianapolis 500, the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association gave this its 'Book of the Year' award.
In 2011, his 'Audi R8' was published by Veloce. His latest books are a a biography of former Stirling Moss/BRP/Cooper mechanic Tony Robinson, another 'Octane 'Book of the Month', and a Haynes 'manual' on the Lotus 72. He is now working on a further 'manual' on the McLaren M23.
In 2012 he was awarded the Montagu Trophy for the second time for the Tony Robinson biography.