QUARTZO - LOTUS - F1 49C FORD TEAM LOTUS N 28 BRITISH GP 1970 EMERSON FITTIPALDI

Scale: 1/18
Carmodel code: CAR169391
Manufacturer code: 18221
Colour: RED WHITE
Material: die-cast
Year: 1970
EAN: 657440182218
Notes: LIMITED 999 ITEMS

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With this car, Jim Clark could easily have conquered his third Formula 1 world title in 1968. Unfortunately, the Scotsman raced with it only for the South African Grand Prix, which he won in January of that year. Three months later, in a Formula 2 race on the German Hockenheim circuit, he lost his life. The Lotus 49, designed by Colin Chapman and Maurice Philippe, had two characteristics that made it extremely competitive. This single-seater was much more than a simple evolution of the Lotus 43 that preceded it. Chapman initially introduced a small rear wing, but in France a larger wing mounted directly on the suspension was chosen. A solution that was however banned for safety reasons after the Spanish Grand Prix of '69. From 1967 to 1970 the Lotus 49, in its various evolutions, took part in 41 races, obtaining 12 victories, 19 poles and 14 fastest laps. Also in 1968 Graham Hill won the Drivers 'title and the Constructors' team went to the English team. As evidence of his longevity, it should also be mentioned that the Austrian Jochen Rindt competed in three more Grand Prix races in 1970, obtaining a success in Monte Carlo, on the road that at the end of that tragic season would have led him to become the first posthumous world champion of Formula 1.

In 1970, the Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi took part in three GPs of the F.1 world championship with the official 49, in the “C” version: at the British GP, at Brands Hatch, he qualified in 22nd place, finishing eighth. That year Fittipaldi won a GP with Lotus at Watkins Glen, however driving the 72C.

By David Tarallo

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QUARTZO

Quartzo was a brand used by Portuguese Vitesse for 1:43 models of NASCAR cars, Le Mans cars and Formula 1 cars from various eras. The Vitesse group ceased production in the summer of 2001, but Sun Star, which had already reactivated the Vitesse brand in 2003, also introduced a new Quartzo range in 2005 consisting of Formula 1 cars in 1:18.