The Lotus 49 was a Formula One racing car designed by Colin Chapman and Maurice Philippe for the 1967 F1 season. It was designed around the Cosworth DFV engine that would power most of the Formula One grid through the 1970s. It was one of the first F1 cars to use a stressed member engine combined with a monocoque to reduce weight, with other teams adopting the concept after its success. It also pioneered the use of aerofoils to generate downforce.
Jim Clark won on the car’s debut, in 1967, and it would also provide him with the last win of his career, in 1968. Graham Hill went on to win that year’s title and the car continued winning races until 1970.
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