INTRODUCTION: One of the world's best-known makers of Grand Prix racing cars -- Lotus -- is once more putting its reputation for innovation to the test.
GVs Team Essex Lotus racing car (2 shots)
SVs Front of car and new suspension (2 shots)
SV Side of car ZOOM IN TO CU distance of car's underside from ground
SCU & SV Rear suspension and rear of car showing engine (2 shots)
GV Rear of car showing new aerodynamics
CU Air intakes for carburettors
SV Cockpit (2 shots)
SV & GV Side of car (2 shots)
SV Reporter interviewing Colin Chapman
SPEECH OF FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
MALLARD: "Colin, the first and leading question has to be 'Is it legal'?"
CHAPMAN: "Well, yes. I rarely go to the trouble of designing and developing a car for 21 months, and make it, unless I was absolutely sure it is legal. Yeah."
MALLARD: "Is it a ground-effect car?"
CHAPMAN: "Eh? Oh yes. For sure. The underside of the car is contoured such as to produce negative lift, to increase the breadth of the car on the road, and to increase the safety of the car."
MALLARD: "And is there a fixed gap at the bottom of the car, or is that going to be a movable feast?"
CHAPMAN: "The gap, as required by the regulations, is six centimetres, and we fully comply with that requirement."
MALLARD: "So that you feel that you're within the 1981 FISA regulations?"
CHAPMAN: "One hundred per cent. Yes."
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
REPORTER: NEIL MALLARD
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Background: INTRODUCTION: One of the world's best-known makers of Grand Prix racing cars -- Lotus -- is once more putting its reputation for innovation to the test. After nearly two years' secret work, a new Lotus car has just been shown in London. The new Lotus T-88 will race for the first time on Sunday (15 March), in the United States Grand Prix at Long Beach, California. However, there were reports that rival car makers would protest against the Lotus when it arrives in Long Beach. Spokesmen for the Williams and McLaren marques said they would lodge protests when the Lotus was officially examined.
SYNOPSIS: Known as the T-88, the new car has been designed especially to meet new regulations introduced for the 1981 racing season.
The skirting around the bottom of the car has been eliminated. Instead, there's a new suspension to carry a unique double chassis. The inner frame ensures better road-handling and more driver comfort.
In London, Visnews reporter Neil Mallard asked the head of Lotus, Colin Chapman, about the new car.