TAMIYA "Lotus Type 78 w/Photo Etched Parts"

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1/12 Scale Big Scale Racing Car Series No.37

F1's First Winged Competitor
The Lotus Type 78 F1 racing car has gone into the history books as the first competition winged racing F1 car. It first appeared at the first race of the 1977 F1 season in Argentina with its wedge-shaped body and inverted aircraft-like wings achieving a greater down force effect that considerably improved handling and performance. Not only did this new design reduced air drag, it adopted the idea that it would raise tire gripping power therefore allowing for harder and faster cornering. That year drivers Mario Andretti and Gunner Nilsson were at the helm of the new F1 Lotus racing car with Andretti winning the U.S. West, Spanish, French, and Italian GP's and Nilsson Gunner winning the Belgian GP. For the first half of the 1978 season, Lotus used their Type 78 which saw the revival of Team Lotus.

About the Model
*This is a 1/12 scale plastic assembly model. Length: 381mm, Width: 171mm, Height: 76mm.
*Coil spring suspension allows movement.
*Front tires move in unison when moving the steering wheel.
*Fuel pipe and the ignition cord are connected to the DFV engine.
*Front cowl, cockpit cowl, radiator ducts, and induction box are removable. Even after completing the model you are able to view the vehicles inner parts.
*Photo-etched parts include brake discs, radiator, 2 types of front and rear wingtips, and seatbelts to complete the set