Racing car Lotus 25 with driver Jim Clark, 1963
The Formula 1 racing car Lotus 25 is undoubtedly a milestone in racing history and there are many reasons for maxFlite to include this vehicle as a wind spinner car in the new product line. Among other things, it is the first Formula 1 car with a monocoque-like construction, which is also standard in racing today for safety reasons. Instead of the usual grid frame, Lotus used a riveted aluminum box frame with a non-load-bearing body on top. The result was higher torsional stiffness at lower weight.
Most of us, however, are probably thinking of the typical Lotus 25 in British racing green livery with the central yellow stripe all along the top and the yellow rims. Long chrome exhaust tailpipes protrude from the rear, which blow the exhaust gases of the powerful eight-cylinder engine towards the pursuers like rocket engines. In the racing car as a wind wheel, the exhaust pipes are made of bright, shiny stainless steel. However, they have a perfect ecological balance and do not emit any pollutants. The wheels with the yellow rims are driven solely by the freely available wind and delight the eye of every beholder.
MaxFlite.de chose the Lotus 25 in combination with Jim Clark from Scotland at the wheel when he was superior world champion in 1963 and the racing team also won the constructors’ world championship. In the beginning, driver icon Jim Clark couldn’t get used to the almost lying position in the new car. The driver’s seating position also earned the car the nickname ‘bathtub’. The aerodynamic advantage was obvious. MaxFlite now offers this racing car legend as a windmill to decorate your garden or balcony.
The free-standing wheels of the racing cars of this time are ideal for being driven by the wind. In the usual, high-quality way, maxFlite combines the proven rustproof stainless steel sheets with detailed printed stickers to transfer all features of the original speedster to the wind turbine model. With 5 ball bearings, you can buy a top-quality wind spinner with the Lotus 25, which adorns your garden.
Make your own garden or balcony a racetrack for your legendary Lotus 25 as a decorative wind turbine. Marvel at the speed of the yellow rims and fabulous driving maneuvers when the wind wheel car of roaring 1960s approaches the wind in your garden.[Length: 51 cm; Width: 16 cm; Height on the stick: approx. 80 cm; Weight: approx. 700 g]
Facts and Figures
- The shiny intake funnels rise above the Coventry-Climax eight-cylinder behind the driver. Also striking on the Lotus 25 are the fully clad rims painted in yellow. These and many other details are, of course, also shown on the maxFlite.de wind spinner speedster.
- Colin Chapman was responsible for the pioneering vehicle concept of this compact, weight-optimized racing car. According to legend, the first sketches with designer Mike Costin were made on a napkin. In this phase, Lotus was characterized by uncompromisingly extreme solutions in favor of lower weight, improved driving characteristics and less aerodynamic drag. The 0.37 m2 front surface of the Lotus 25 is therefore hardly larger than that of the engine.
- A total of 7 of the Lotus 25 were built. They are named with ’25 -R1′. The R numbering therefore goes from 1 to 7. For example, the Lotus 25-R6 is a work of art in the Tinguely Museum in Basel. The 25-R4, on the other hand, was split into two parts in an accident with driver Richard Attwood in Spa when he hit the telegraph pole with the car.
- Even driver Jim Clark knew nothing of the development of the Lotus 25, which was carried out as a kind of “secret project” before having signed his contract extension. As a result, the Lotus 25 was tailored around Jim Clark’s body. However, the racer was insufficiently tested prior to use due to lack of time. In the first season of 1962 by Jim Clark in the Lotus 25, Graham Hill was still able to hold his ground thanks to the higher technical reliability of his car. In the 1963 season, however, Jimmy Clark won 7 out of 10 races and demonstrated his excellent driving talent. The Lotus 25 was certainly close to the optimum of the technical possibilities of 1962. In the new millennium there is certainly no more elegant wind wheel car than the Lotus 25 from maxFlite. Decorate your garden with this special wind chime.