Lotus 79 construction report – part 7


Another update on the manufacturing of my Lotus 79 (built in 2010).

On suggestion of Mario Andretti, Lotus featured the 79s Cockpit with driver adjustable anti roll bars front and rear. The other cockpit specification correlate with the that time standards. Because of the very slim monocoque which helps to improve ground effect, the space for the driver was very limited. A few years later, the FIA launched a regulation, with minimum dimensions of the cockpit area.


Quite small dashboard panel with rev meter, oil  and water temperature and a fuel pressure gauge. The few switches on the dashboard sides are: ignition, pump, fire, light. The lever on the left hand side is for rear arb, the rotary switch is for the front one. The button right is start. The red line on the right is throttle cable.


The roll hoop cover with integrated emergency stop.


The emergency stop inside the roll hoop cover. At the left hand side of the seat, you can see the appearing the dioxygen line for the driver.


Seat with safety belts. Under the drivers knees, you can see the cockpit fire extinguisher (5kg capacity). On the right hand side, you can see the hole for the gear lever.


Finished cockpit with fixed steering wheel. The torus of the wheel is from a LEGO® Technic pneumatik kit (a pneumatic line). 🙂


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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.

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