also known for finding loop holes in the regulations. He would sit for hours
and hours trying to find them. This
trend has been used by Formula One teams and every one across the globe.
Chapman was a huge believer and supporter of his designs and innovations and he
would give everything to defend his company that he arguably named the team
after his lover. During an outburst of safety regulations, he even tried to
convince the officials that paper was fire proof. So in a way he was also a lawyer.
downfall of Chapman was when he was begged into an offer with DeLorean to help
build a car against his will. A huge controversy broke out in 1978 which
accused Chapman of using British tax payer’s money which was given to DeLorean
to develop the car, that was used in the “Back to the Future” movie franchise,
and put the money to his off-shore bank account. The DeLorean scandal was one
of the biggest scandals of the time. With the fear of possible prison time if
convicted, Chapman’s health gradually started to slump. He withdrew himself
from the racing tracks and then the public world all together. Then on December
16th, 1982, Chapman died of a heart attack, before the final verdict
of the DeLorean scandal.
final verdict years later, the accountant at the time for the company was
sentenced to prison. The judge who oversaw the DeLorean case reckoned that if
Chapman was alive, he would have received a 10 year sentence.
still one of the remaining British sportscar companies to have survived this
long and even today is alive and brings out brilliant little cars like the
Evora, the Elise and the Exige. These cars are not very popular in the world as
compared to the German or Italian cars or even other British car makers like
Aston Martin or Jaguar Land Rover. But all of the sports car manufacturers owe
something to Lotus and Colin Chapman. Because almost every car manufacturer
from the miniscule Tata Nano to the Swedish God powered Koenigsegg One:1 follow
the same principles that was laid out by Chapman many years ago. Even today the cars made by Lotus using the
same philosophy of light and simplicity has given us some of the greatest
modern ground breaking cars of the 21st century use modern Lotus
chassis like the Hennessey Venom GT and the Tesla Roadster, to name a few. When
talking about India, Lotus had designed the chassis of the Mahindra Scorpio,
which is so popular in India, so that it is stable at high speeds.
a design of Formula One car whose basic principles remain the same 32 years
after his death. If you want to know why your car is as light as it is, or how
you get high fuel economy, or how your car corners the way it does, remember
the name Colin Chapman and remember the Logo of Lotus with Chapman’s ‘ACB’ initials.
Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman will always be immortal thanks to the legacy he