Cosworth DFV 2993cc V8
490 hp @ 10.750 rpm
Hewland FGA 5 speed
Elio de Angelis
The Lotus 87 was a Formula One racing car used by Team Lotus in the second part of the 1981 Formula One season and in the first race of the 1982 season. The car was driven by racing legends Elio de Angelis and Nigel Mansell and it was known for its advanced engineering and exceptional performance.
The car was not competitive enough to fight for victories, even though the drivers did manage to get some points.
When the new turbo charged engines of Renault and Ferrari became more reliable, the car proved to be yet still too heavy and was replaced by a lighter 87B specification for the opening round of 1982. It was subsequently replaced altogether by the Lotus 91, which proved more competitive, recording a podium in its first outing in Brazil.
The Lotus 87 is considered a rare and collectible Formula One car, and is highly sought after by racing enthusiasts and collectors alike.