Colin Chapman’s Formula 1 trophy case is an impressive one, with seven Constructors’ Championships and six Drivers’ Championships since 1963. Beyond his championship seasons, Chapman’s imprint on the sport is hard to comprehend – some suggest that Chapman might have more to do with the basic design of today’s mid-engine, open-wheeled racing cars than any other single builder. Would Formula 1 be recognizable without Colin Chapman? Did his habit of playing fast and loose with F1 rules foreshadow the way he played fast and loose with corporate finance laws? And did he FAKE HIS OWN DEATH? Today on Past Gas: the man behind Lotus, Colin Chapman.
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