Lotus 80 (1979, Monaco)
When Chapman designed the Lotus 80, he wanted to take the ground effect (which had worked brilliantly in the 79) a level further.
The whole car was designed to work like a huge wing, developing massive amounts of downforce. In theory, it should have been great — but it wasn’t. Andretti found it to be undriveable, and for the rest of the season Lotus were back to the good ol’ 79.
Mario Andretti’s Lotus 80.
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Audi Fox (80) advertisement (1979)
Audi Fox/80 advertisement (1979)
Audi 80 Rally (1978)
… to remind you that Audi didn’t get it right at first with the Quattro. First, there was the FWD 80.