The Author’s Follow Up Book

Click on the above image to view a free sample of the Kindle version, which is priced at only £9.99. You simply will not find a better value e-book.


Click on the above image to view the paperback version of the book.


“The bigger they are, the harder they fall” is how the old saying goes and while most of the time that is true the once-mighty Team Lotus was the exception. Because Lotus’ decline was unusual: it was not a spectacular, swift or a sudden affair. Instead, it was a death by a 1000 cuts spanning years if not decades. During which time drivers were calling the shots, resources not allocated efficiently, race-winning technologies squandered, and questionable investments made. But could all this have been avoided and if so who or what should take the blame? A new book explores.


Lotus’ active suspension from 1987. Find out why the team did not carry on with this technology beyond that year, whereas Williams did and used it to dominate the 1992 & 1993 seasons.


Team Lotus: Beyond the Colin Chapman Era tells a tale that has been criminally under-reported and available to purchase on e-book format here. It is priced at £9.99 and contains 318 pages (kindle size) with around 150 rare photos like those above. In short it is comparable to the 1994 book in every way (length, content etc). So given all the positive reviews of the 1994 book you can expect this to be great value for money. Contributors towards it include:


Frank Dernie – Lotus’ Technical Director Between 1989/90.

Peter Wright – The man behind Lotus’ active suspension during the 1980s.

Antony Hayes – Historian for Team Lotus, and someone who worked there during the 1980s & 1990s.

Willem Toet – Designer of championship-winning Benetton’s and Ferrari F1 cars & F1 aerodynamics/wind tunnel expert.

Nigel Beresford –  Tyrrell’s Race Engineer to Palmer, Alesi and Modena between 1989-1991


I’ll add any reviews of this Lotus e-book along with links to free samples here in due course so readers can make an informed decision. Peter Wright has read some of the draft and calls it an “interesting read.”



In 1987 Team Lotus had Senna (right) Ducarouge (left) Honda engines, and active suspension. They should have been serious title contenders; the book explains what went wrong.


So what will be contained in the book?


It focuses on the years from 1983 to the end of 1989 because there may be a follow up book investigating Lotus’ final years of 1990 – 1995. The reason they aren’t in a single book is simple; this decline story is one that needs to be covered in detail. Remember there are 1000 cuts to cover. The book guides readers through all of Team Lotus’ races between 1983 to the end of the 1989 F1 Season. This is to identify how the team bounced back after the death of their founder and inspiration, Colin Chapman, and to work out where their decline began. But it’s also just an excuse to relive what was a great period of F1, the original turbo era. The book itself is full of detail, insights and written by someone passionate about this subject matter. An essential ingredient for a good book in my opinion.


The book tries to identify where the team might have gone wrong, and who or what might have been to blame. It is not shy in telling readers how things might have been done differently. This book has more exclusives and will be more controversial than the 1994 book.



Just two and a half years on from starting the 1987 F1 season as title favorites with Senna. Neither Lotus F1 car qualified for the 1989 Belgian Grand Prix, despite having triple driver’s champion Nelson Piquet in the car and having Frank Dernie designed it.


F1 stories usually focus on positive and inspirational tales to make readers feel good. However, in Team Lotus’ case, it was a deceptively inspiring story, just how hard some behind the scenes worked to keep Lotus going. Also, there are important lessons to be learned from a team’s downfall too,  and that was certainly the case with Lotus as readers will come to learn.



Meanwhile an abridged audio book version is also available to buy by clicking here. In case you have yet to visit the relevant page, more details over what is included along with a free sample is contained here.




Photo credit: Thanks to Jon Maplestone & Daran Brookes