Lotus 97T (1985) Portuguese GP


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The Lotus 97T powered stuff of legends, Ayrton Senna, to his maiden Grand Prix victory at Estoril in 1985. The wet conditions were reportedly abysmal, with fellow driver, Patrick Tambay who raced for the Renault team claiming that ‘it was a nightmare….It was survival of the fittest’. Winning by over a minute, this was Senna’s second race for Lotus and only his seventeeth Grand Prix. Speaking of the race later in his career, Ayrton said ‘People later said that my win in the wet at Donington in ’93 was my greatest performance - no way! … It was a good win, sure, but, compared with Estoril ‘85, it was nothing, really.’ This was to be the first of his impressive 41 Grand Prix victories.*In total, the Lotus 97T scored three victories, two second places and four third places. In addition, it claimed eight pole positions and three fastest laps.

This fine 1:8 scale model of the Lotus 97T has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Lotus regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both Lotus's engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.



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