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Lotus 101

The Type 101 emerged from the fallout over the unsuccessful 1988 season where Team Lotus failed to win a race for the first time since 1984. The much hoped pairing of the dominant Honda RA168E engine with reigning World Champion Nelsen Piquet in the form of the Type 100T, never came close to achieving its potential. At the end of the season following subtle lobbying from Piquet, Team Lotus’s Chief Designer GérardDucarouge had left along with Honda, who had elected to exclusively supply McLaren for the forthcoming post-turbo era.    This left Team Lotus in the unenviable position of having no engine, designer or indeed car, for the 1989 season. However, it had retained the services of Nelson Piquet. He...

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