Published on November 9th, 2011 | by Alisdair0
Lotus 49 coming to iRacing
iRacing, one of the most advanced Simulators available to the general public today will soon feature an iconic car previously driven by Jim Clark and Graham Hill, The Lotus 49.
“We’re honored to have the opportunity to build another great Formula One Lotus,” says Divina Galica, iRacing director of partner relations. “In addition to being among the most technically significant — and successful – Formula One cars in history, the Lotus 49 embodies a truly golden age of Grand Prix racing. I have no doubt the members of iRacing will be positively thrilled at this news.”
“We are excited to work with iRacing to develop a state-of-the-art digital version of the Lotus 49,” says Clive Chapman, managing director of Classic Team Lotus and son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman. “There are many fans of Grand Prix Legends at Classic Team Lotus, and we were delighted with the results of iRacing’s Lotus 79 project. My father was one of racing’s great innovators, and it is entirely appropriate that his famous designs are being celebrated within the rapidly emerging field of motorsports simulation exemplified by iRacing.”
iRacing is fortunate to have access to the very Lotus 49 Clark drove to that historic victory in 1967. The car is currently owned by vintage racer Chris MacAllister of Indianapolis, who has generously offered iRacing complete access to Clark’s car during the precision modeling process. iRacing’s engineers will shortly begin measuring the Lotus 49, with a targeted release for the latter part of 2012 . . . when iRacers the world over will be able to drive a digital version of the car in which Clark scored one of his most celebrated victories on iRacing’s millimeter accurate rendition of the modernized Circuit Park Zandvoort.