May 29, 1960—This will forever be etched in motorsport history as the day when Lotus won its very first Formula 1 victory. The car was the Lotus Type 18 with legendary F1 driver, Sir Stirling Moss at the wheel during the Monaco Grand Prix.
It was practically history in the making as the elements somehow conspired to provide a bit of drama via torrential downpour on an already tricky street circuit. Yet Sir Stirling drove relentlessly throughout the 100 laps to take first place once the chequered flag was waved.
Since then, Lotus has gone on to garner 6 Driver’s Championships, 7 Constructors trophies, and 81 Formula 1 victories . It has likewise seen the likes of Mario Andretti, Jim Clark, Jochen Rindt, Emerson Fittipaldi, Graham Hill, Ronnie Peterson, and Ayrton Senna take the wheel of its equally legendary race cars.
Lotus celebrates 60 years of F1 victories and gives us a few stellar numbers:
- First Formula 1 entry: 1958 Monaco Grand Prix
- Race wins: 81
- Driver’s Championships: 6
- Constructor’s Titles: 7
- Podiums: 167
- Pole Positions: 107
- Fastest Laps: 71