Lotus 93T

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Lotus 93T
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorLotus
Designer(s)Colin Chapman
Martin Ogilvie
Predecessor92
Successor94T
Technical specifications[1]
ChassisCarbon fibre and Kevlar monocoque
Suspension (front)Double wishbones, pull rod, coil springs
Suspension (rear)Double wishbones, pull rod, coil springs
EngineRenault Gordini EF1, 1,492 cc (91.0 cu in), 90° V6, turbo, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
TransmissionLotus / Hewland 5-speed manual
FuelElf
TyresPirelli
Competition history
Notable entrantsJohn Player Team Lotus
Notable drivers11. Italy Elio de Angelis
12. United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
Debut1983 United States Grand Prix West
RacesWinsPolesFastest laps
7000
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0
 
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Lotus 93T
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorLotus
Designer(s)Colin Chapman
Martin Ogilvie
Predecessor92
Successor94T
Technical specifications[1]
ChassisCarbon fibre and Kevlar monocoque
Suspension (front)Double wishbones, pull rod, coil springs
Suspension (rear)Double wishbones, pull rod, coil springs
EngineRenault Gordini EF1, 1,492 cc (91.0 cu in), 90° V6, turbo, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
TransmissionLotus / Hewland 5-speed manual
FuelElf
TyresPirelli
Competition history
Notable entrantsJohn Player Team Lotus
Notable drivers11. Italy Elio de Angelis
12. United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
Debut1983 United States Grand Prix West
RacesWinsPolesFastest laps
7000
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The Lotus 93T was a Formula One car with which the Team Lotus participated the first part of the F1 championship in 1983. It was the first Lotus car to use the Renault Gordini EF1 turbo engine and was the last F1 car designed by team founder Colin Chapman. In the championship the car was driven by Elio de Angelis, the other driver of the team, Nigel Mansell, raced with the Lotus 92, a car with the Ford Cosworth engine. The 93T was replaced in the course of the season with the Lotus 94T. Mansell drove the 93T car twice, in the 1983 German Grand Prix after he suffered problems with his 94T during the warm-up and had to revert to the older model and in a non-championship race, the 1983 Race of Champions. The 93T usually performed well in qualifying but suffered with reliability problems and came only once to the finish of a race.

Its design and development is the subject of the documentary Lotus Goes Turbo which follows the teams steps through the introduction of the new Renault engine to replace the naturally aspirated Cosworth power plant.


Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

YearEntrantEngineTyresDrivers123456789101112131415PointsWCC
1983John Player Team LotusRenault Gordini EF1
V6 tc
PBRAUSWFRASMRMONBELDETCANGBRGERAUTNEDITAEURRSA11*8th
Elio de AngelisRetRetRetRet9RetRet
Nigel MansellRet

* All points scored using the Lotus 94T. Lotus-Renault placed 8th in the Constructors' Championship with 11 points. In addition, Lotus-Ford scored 1 point to place 13th in the Championship.

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