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Jochen Rindt's LOTUS 72C
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Jochen Rindt, born at Mainz (Germany) in 1942 was a formula 1 and sportscar driver. As his parents were killed during a bombing over Hamburg, he had been grown up in Austria by his grand parents. While he never became Austrian citizen, he drove under Austrian licence. A top driver in formula 2, his carreer in formula 1 was a little bit difficult at start because of a wrong choice of car or structure. It didn't prevent him to shine in sportscar and in 1965 he won the Le Mans 24hrs aboard a Ferrari 250 LM. In 1969, he moves to Lotus and he forged a solid relationship with Lotus boss and engineer Colin Chapman. In 1969, he prefered the old but prouved Lotus 49 instead of the "bizzar" 4WD Lotus 63, this last being extremly difficult to drive. In 1970, the Lotus 72 appears. That car was a revolution, introducing number of technologies that would open the way to all F1 up to the wing-car revolution. Cooling radiators moved from front to side pods, NO coil spring suspension but instead torsion bars. The car was fast in Jochen hands and he wins 5 races....up to the tragic day of September 1970, 5th, at Monza. Jochen decided to test the car without wings to reduce drag on this hyper fast track of Monza. During the saturday practice session, he lost control of the car and crashed and didn't surived. All has been said about this crash. He may have unlocked one of the 5 locking point of his harness, rescue squad would have been too slow etc... At the end of 1970 F1 season, Jochen Rindt had still the highest amount of points and was declared posthumous World Champion, the only one in F1 History. The Lotus 72 was still used until 1975 in various evolutions and set up. Proof that this car was innovativ AND a solid basis for development. This moc features: - Ford V8 DFV technic engine - Steering - Differential - Shock-less suspension: The real 72 has a coil spring less suspension set up. I had 3 choices: use classic technic shocks and it would have not been accurate, use no suspensions and it would have been lame at such a scale or use torsion parts without shocks to mimic as most as possible the real car. I've followed this third choice and it works really good. So, no shocks but real torsion-bar suspensions. Kudoos to my fellow mocer Detomaso Pantera as i have used the same parts he used on his JPS Lotus 72 for front vents (next small firestone stickers). The idea was simply too accurate to not be used again. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/314548
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Focus on the torsion bars.


This configuration should have never been used by Jochen...










Comments

 I like it 
  April 2, 2014
Hi greg. I have responded to your question in the Classic Race Teams group - welcome to the team. I plan to start the transporter shortly. I wonder if you would like to build a transporter someday?
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  March 31, 2014
Now on Cuusoo. 10000 votes and it might be in store :D :D :D http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/61334
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  March 29, 2014
A great build of this iconic, tragic car. What might have been..
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  March 28, 2014
This Lotus 72C has just been proposed to Cuusoo today. It's now "in review". If it is allowed by cuusoo staff to appear on their site, it should be online within days.
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  March 26, 2014
Super cool MOC. Everything about this car is excellent. Fantastic job.
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  March 25, 2014
Fantastic job on an undisputed innovation in F1 history. One has to wonder how Jochen even got out on the track without wings. Everyone must have known that there couldn't be any sort of downforce. Crazy. Sad and tragic, but definitely crazy. Great moc of that amazing car. Excellent!
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  March 25, 2014
A very impressive MOC!
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  March 25, 2014
Amazing work Greg! The engine looks great so detailed . I just love how you made the rear spoiler , perfect! Excellent job!
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  March 25, 2014
Excellent machine! Very detailed. You also used clever build techniques. Good work!
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  March 25, 2014
Again excellent Work, love that engine. Looking forward to see the "Family" Pictures.
  March 25, 2014
You are a real master on these. Perfect!
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  March 25, 2014
Amazing as always! Beautiful work all around, love the engine especially!
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  March 25, 2014
Brilliant again! Everything is perfect on this model!
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  March 25, 2014
I might also organize a "legoodwood week of brick and speed" with the 14 big scale cars :D
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  March 25, 2014
Quoting Turbo Charger Brilliant work once more! I hope that all those F1's that you make doesn't require you to disasemble one to build a new one. In easy english, take a picture of them all together (on a brickbuild track if you can).
Thanks Turbo :) Don't Worry, once i build moc he is never disasembled. I've done that with a White Mclaren M16 but it has been rebuilt as James Hunt's M23. I'll post pic of the 6 F1/Indy all together.
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  March 25, 2014
Brilliant work once more! I hope that all those F1's that you make doesn't require you to disasemble one to build a new one. In easy english, take a picture of them all together (on a brickbuild track if you can).
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  March 25, 2014
Glorious work!
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  March 25, 2014
Fantastic work, you revive the spirit of the old F1 racing!
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  March 25, 2014
Another masterpiece, simply brilliant! Pity I can't rate it 6/5... :)
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  March 25, 2014
Brilliant! I'm really enjoying seeing your F1 models!
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  March 25, 2014
That's another excellent car! Well done!! 5/5 8-)
 
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