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1/20 Team Lotus Type 91 1983 Satoru Nakajima first F1 test

by  Ebbro
Product Description
This item is an injection-plastic racing car model kit.   Click here for sizing chart.

From the manufacturer:

Satoru Nakajima won the All Japan F2 Championship in 1982 driving a March 782 with gold and jet-black John Player Special sponsorship for the I&I Racing Team headed by Tetsu Ikuzawa.

As a reward for winning the series, he was able to attend the winter test of Team Lotus, the British-based Formula 1 team sponsored by John Player Special.

At this time, Team Lotus revealed its Type 91, but their only victory in the 1982 season was at the Austrian Grand Prix won by Elio de Angelis.

Sadly, that was the last race that Anthony Colin Bruce Capman, founder of Team Lotus, attended, as he died of a heart attack before Christmas that year.

On December 7th, a Lotus Type 91 was prepared for Satoru Nakajima at the Donington Park Circuit located in central England.  The tires were changed from Goodyear to Pirelli. The team also tried two types of rear cowling, but at the end of the test, they removed all of the rear cowling and the car raced with a bare engine.

The team were surprised that he drove the Type 91 without any trouble, although this test was his first F1 experience. In spite of bad weather, he set a fast lap of 40 seconds.  Team Lotus Manager Peter Warr said that this test was the biggest reason that Satoru was adopted as a regular driver for Team Lotus. 

Molded in gray, black and chrome-colored plastic; includes soft racing-style tires and decals too. 

Assembly Guide
Ebbro Master Series F-1
Date Released:
June 2017
Package Size/Weight:
29.2 x 19.0 x 7.1 cm / 410g



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