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Legendary Type 25 to star at Snetterton Lotus Festival

Wednesday, June 08 2011

The legendary Lotus 25 has been confirmed as one of the main attractions for this month's Lotus Festival at Snetterton (June 25/26). The event will feature three 20 minute sessions where cars from the famed Norfolk manufacturer will be demonstrated on track and more cars are to be announced over the coming weeks, however the 25 has a permanent presence in the Formula One hall of fame.

The Lotus 25 changed F1 history when it was revealed in 1962 with its monocoque chassis. Previously Grand Prix cars were built as a spaceframe, using a series of tubes to make up the structure.

With the Lotus proving to be a much stiffer car, it went on to dominate. The 1.5 litre Coventry Climax-engined car took Jim Clark to the brink of the 1962 World Championship and he only missed out due to reliability issues.

One year later the team made amends and Clark won the first of his two World Championships. Lotus also claimed the constructors' crown for the first time, which they went on to win on another six occasions. It was the start of a golden age for Britain in F1, establishing the template for small constructors building world-beating cars.

Lotus founder Colin Chapman refined the concept with the Type 33 but the revolution had already started and the marque became synonymous with innovation. From the Type 49 with the Cosworth DFV bolted to the chassis, to the ground effect cars of the late 1970s, Lotus led the way in pioneering F1 design.

The Type 25 will be driven at the festival by owner Nick Fennell.

Tickets for the Lotus Festival at Snetterton are available in advance from £10 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click the link below.