Ayrton Senna's 1987 winning F1 Lotus to star at MPH motor show





Ayrton Senna's Lotus 99T Formula One car will be among the star attractions at November's MPH motor show.

The famous Camel-liveried Lotus 99T was raced by Senna in 1987. The Brazilian scored victories in Monaco and Detroit in what was his last season for Team Lotus before switching to McLaren for the following year.

The Lotus was also quick enough in the hands of Senna to secure one pole position (San Marino). He backed this up with the two wins, four second places, two thirds, one fourth, two fifths and one seventh, earning himself third place in the driver's championship behind Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell.

The car's 1.5-litre turbocharged engine was built by Honda and produced an estimated 1,000bhp, giving a 205mph top speed. The 99T was also the first Lotus chassis to benefit from active suspension, which controlled ride height, pitch and roll. Even so, its super soft qualifying tyres lasted just 12.5 miles per set.

The MPH show takes place at Earls Court from November 4-7 and in Birmingham's NEC from November 11-14, and Senna's grand prix winning Lotus (chassis 99T/4, in which he campaigned 11 races) will be on display in The Macallan Lounge....


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