The Type 88, The F1 Car Banned By The FIA

The Lotus Type 88 was a technical marvel for its time. It used clever engineering to get around the FIA’s ban on movable aerodynamics. Specifically the movable side skirts that made the famous ground effect cars possible. Ground effects made a massive difference in a cars performance, but created enormous g loads. Which put tremendous stresses on components, components that weren’t really up to the job which created safety concerns, hence the ban. Lotus attempted to get around the new rule by building the Type 88 with 2 chassis. An outer shell and an inner monocoque. At slow speeds with no aero load the outer chassis met the 6mm regulation, however at speed it would get pushed down and create an outer seal which made ground effects possible. While initially approved for its first Grand Prix at Silverstone, public outcry from other teams eventually lead the FIA to ban the car.


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Written by Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.


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