Lotus 79 construction report – part 4

Another part of the construction report on my Lotus 79R2 from Ronnie Peterson at the Austrian GP 1978.

This time it’s on the Ford DFV engine. Here a data sheet on the engine: Ford Cosworth DFV

The start of the engine. A very simple block of paper-and cardboard.

The finished engine has about 750 parts.

The monocoques rear accommodates the engine. The red line at the right is the throttle cable. The red one at the left is to adjust the rear anti roll bar.

The mounted engine.

The engine from the bottom. At the left and right front, you can see the water pumps for the two cylinder blocks. The pumps behind the water pumps are the oil pumps (pressure and scavenge pump).

Fuel system: The Bosch high pressure pump which is acting when starting the engine. The “normal” fuel pump is placed in beside the collector tank inside the fuel cell. It’s line you can see beside the electrical high pressure starter pump.

Water radiator, mounted on the left side of the monocoque. The aluminium frame befind the radiator supports the ground effect side pod and route it’s forces into the monocoque.

Current status of the car.


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About paulsf1

My name is Paul Bischof. I’m a student in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Graz in Austria, expected finishing in February 2016. Since I was eight years old, I am building model planes out of paperboard. Since 2004 I scratch (that means building without an assembling set) Formula 1 and sportscars in 1:10th scale. The average time I need for such a car is around 400 to 700 hours within 4 to 8 months. One car has around 3500 up to 5000 single components. On this blog, you can take a look on my work and later, after my studies, hopefully you can see me in Formula 1.

One response to “Lotus 79 construction report – part 4”

  1. Super Swede says :

    I´m ABSOLUTELY amazed by your work. GREAT skills.


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