The car that started an irreversible F1 decline

The car that started an irreversible F1 decline

The Lotus 100T was driven in the 1988 Formula 1 season by Nelson Piquet and Satoru Nakajima. But the car marked the beginning of the end for one of Britain's greatest ever F1 teams, writes JAKE BOXALL-LEGGE

One of the sport's greatest innovators in the 1960s and '70s, Team Lotus endured a difficult transition into the 1980s era of Formula 1.

Trendsetters in their early days, Lotus couldn't quite fathom the big hair and neon colours of the new decade, taking a backseat as McLaren, Brabham and Williams fought for glory.

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