Delve into the Details: The Lotus 38

Jim Clark's 1965 Indianapolis 500 Winner

Discover our astonishing 1:8 scale replica of Jim Clark's 1965 Indy 500-winning Lotus 38 in this new video, showing how to remove the engine covers and nosecone, revealing the deep detail of the four-cam Ford V8 engine and running gear. 

Designed by Colin Chapman and Len Terry, the Lotus 38 was built to win the Indianapolis 500. A reinvention of the previous Lotus 29 and 34 Indianapolis designs, the 38 was built with a full monocoque tub chassis. The 38 was also specially designed with an offset suspension, which in theory, was better suited to the oval track of the Indy 500. This style of suspension would never catch on though, as it made the car’s handling quite peculiar. 

Lotus 38 at 1:8 scale

The Lotus 38 spearheaded the “British Invasion” of American racing, becoming the first mid-engine car to win the Indy 500 in hands of Scotsman Jim Clark. This perfect 1:8 scale model of the 38 was created in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Classic Team Lotus regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings.

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