This book tells the definitive story of the Lotus 72 one of the most striking and successful racing cars in the history of Formula 1. From the drawing board to the present day, the book draws extensively from the people who were closely involved, including drivers, mechanics, team managers, as well as rival drivers and designers. The book also has an appendix covering complete chassis histories and race records for each of the nine cars built. Colin Chapman and Maurice Phillippe’s striking wedge-shaped Type 72 Formula 1 car, was introduced on April 1st, 1970 as a replacement for the unsuccessful four-wheel-drive Type 63 and the ageing Type 49. Having won both the World Drivers and Constructors Championship titles in 1970, the car went through a number of different evolutions to keep it competitive, resulting in a second pair of Championships in 1972 as well as the Constructors’ Championship in 1973. It was still winning races in 1974 and scoring points in 1975! The Lotus 72 was driven by some of the great racing drivers of the 1970s such Rindt, Fittipaldi, Peterson and Ickx. LOTUS 72 Formula 1 Icon is a lavishly illustrated 240 page full colour publication, and it’s large 30x30cm format contains over 450 mostly unseen and historic images. LOTUS 72 is available in three versions, as either a Standard, Limited Edition or the exclusive Publisher Edition.The signed and numbered Limited Editions (LE) are restricted to 250 copies, marked accordingly and presented in a slipcase with a gold foil Team Lotus badge on the front. Each SE book is distinguished by an individually numbered plate that has also been personally signed by the Author, Michael Oliver. The Publishers Edition, of which there are to be only 50 copies, is a specially printed Leather bound and gilt edged version of the book, that features an extra 48 page section of photographs and race records. This Edition is presented in a deluxe Black & Gold presentation box and is personally signed and numbered by the author Michael Oliver as well as by 1972 World Champion, driving a Lotus 72, Emerson Fittipaldi. The standard edition will retail in the UK at a price of £39.95 the Limited Edition will be just £75.00 and the Publishers Edition will be £250.00. In the USA these will be $69.95, $119.95 and $395.00 respectively.