SPARK-MODEL - LOTUS - F1 56B N 3 BRITISH GP 1971 REINE WISELL

Scale: 1/43
Conditions: MB
Carmodel code: CAR177752
Manufacturer code: S1765
Colour: RED WHITE GOLD
Material: resin
Year: 1971
EAN: 9580006917652
Notes: VM18 - DECALS APPLIED - DECALS APPLICATE

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The Lotus 56, powered by a turbine engine, was designed for the Indy 500. Three exemplars were entered in the 1968 edition, finishing in the top twenty with Joe Leonard, Art Pollard and Graham Hill after showing promise during qualifying. The engine was a Pratt & Whitney that could develop, according to the fuel, from 430 to 550 horsepower. The Granatelli brothers, the main sponsor of the team, who had wanted this very unusual engine, thought that this technical innovation would attract the attention of the media. And that's what happened, even though the Lotus 56 was never really a winner. Lotus also attempted to apply it in Formula 1 with poor results.

Swede Reine Wisell made his F1 debut in 1970 with Lotus. Confirmed for the 1971 season, he raced with the 72C and 72D but at the British GP at Silverstone he used the 56B powered by a Pratt & Whitney turbine engine. Qualifying 19th out of 24, he was forced to make 2 pit stops during the race and finished 11 laps behind the winner, without being classified.

By David Tarallo

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