QUARTZO - LOTUS - F1 72D TEAM LOTUS JPS JOHN PLAYER SPECIAL N 32 WORLD CHAMPION WINNER BELGIUM GP 1972 EMERSON FITTIPALDI

Scale: 1/18
Carmodel code: CAR169392
Manufacturer code: 18282
Colour: BLACK GOLD
Material: die-cast
Year: 1972
EAN: 657440182829
Notes: LIMITED 999 ITEMS

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The Lotus 72, created by Colin Chapman, completely redefined the standard concepts of the Formula 1 of the time. With its wedge-shaped nose, completely different from that of the "49" model used previously, this single-seater characterized by a monocoque chassis with a total weight of over 550 kg, marked the definitive transition from cigar-shaped cars with an extremely profile subtle to the aerodynamically more complex ones that made history throughout the remainder of the same decade. To the long and sharp nose, which echoed that of the "56" designed for the Indianapolis 500, this Lotus had a rather thin rear end, with the radiators moved to a central position, alongside the driver. The engine was the classic Ford Cosworth 8 cylinder V engine of 2.995 cm³, with a power of 450 hp and a 5-speed gearbox. It was the car with which the Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi in 1972 clinched his first world title, bringing home five wins out of a total of 13 Grand Prix with "D" version coming in a smart black color with gold stripes of the John Player Special.

The 1972 Belgian GP was held on the Nivelles circuit. Emerson Fittipaldi, who was on his way to winning his first F.1 world title that year, qualified in pole position and achieved his second victory of the season, after the one in Jarama.

By David Tarallo

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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.