1965 Lotus-Ford Type 38

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Scotsman Jim Clark won the Indianapolis 500 with this rear-engine car in 1965. After his victory, a traditional front-engine car never won that race again. The Lotus-Ford combined a European Formula One-inspired lightweight chassis with a big Ford V-8 engine. The Lotus-Ford's success effectively killed the traditional Indy roadster and established a new design for American race cars.

Qualified second for the 1965 Indianapolis 500 and finished first, averaging 150.686 miles per hour. Driver: Jim Clark.

Chassis made by Group Lotus in Hethel, England and designed by Colin Chapman. Engine made by Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan.


Ford V-8, double overhead cams, 256 cubic inches

Wheels and tires

Wheelbase: 96 inches

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