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Lotus 99T
Category Formula One
Constructor Team Lotus
Designer(s) Gérard Ducarouge
Martin Ogilvie
Technical specifications
Chassis Carbon fibre monocoque
Engine Honda RA167E 1494cc V6 turbo mid-mounted
Transmission
Fuel Elf
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Camel Team Lotus Honda
Notable drivers 11. Japan Satoru Nakajima
12. Brazil Ayrton Senna
Debut 1987 Brazilian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
16 2 1 3
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Lotus 99T was a Formula One car designed by Gérard Ducarouge for Lotus for use in the 1987 Formula One season. After Renault pulled out of F1 at the end of 1986, Lotus signed a deal with Honda for use of their hugely powerful turbocharged 1500cc engine. As part of the deal, Lotus agreed to sign Satoru Nakajima as team mate to the mercurial Ayrton Senna. John Player Special were replaced by Camel as title sponsor.

The 99T was the first Lotus chassis to be fitted with electronic active suspension. The system's benefits of a consistent ride height with no pitch or roll in the chassis came at a cost, as the system added significant weight to the car. Ducourouge clawed as much performance back by spending many hours in the wind tunnel to compensate.

The 99T proved to be very competitive at the hands of Senna, who won twice and scored six other podium finishes during the season. This helped him and the team to third in the drivers' and constructors' championship. Senna also provided a poignant footnote that season, as his win at the United States Grand Prix was the final Grand Prix win for Team Lotus before he moved to McLaren for 1988.

The 99T was updated for 1988 to 100T specification; the car technically was virtually unchanged, except for a redesigned nose section, longer wheel base and tighter rear bodywork. New team leader Nelson Piquet used the car to score consistently but was unable to add any further wins to Lotus' scoresheet however.

Senna's 99T was included in the Japanese and American versions of the 2001 video game Gran Turismo 3 under the alias "F687/S". The F687/S was the second most powerful Formula One car in the game (next to the F686/M) producing 900 PS (888 hp).

Formula One World Championship results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant Engine Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WCC Pts.
1987 Team Lotus Honda BRA SMR BEL MON DET FRA GBR GER HUN AUT ITA POR ESP MEX JPN AUS 3rd 64
Senna Ret 2 Ret 1 1 4 3 3 2 5 2 7 5 Ret 2 DSQ
Nakajima 7 6 5 10 Ret NC 4 Ret Ret 13 11 8 9 Ret 6 Ret
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