Pocher 1/8 Lotus 72D #8 winner British Grand Prix 1972 Emerson Fittipaldi
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Pocher 1/8 kit with prepainted body parts of the John Player Special Lotus 72D #8 of Emerson Fittipaldi from Brazil, winner of the British Grand Prix 1972, the John Player Grand Prix.
Colin Chapman’s groundbreaking Lotus 72, which changed the shape of racing cars for ever, involved some ingenious design – and so did Pocher's miniature representation of it.
At some point during the 1972 British Grand Prix weekend, the Team Lotus mechanics modified the oil cooler at the rear of Emerson Fittipaldi’s Type 72.
It can’t have done any harm because Fittipaldi went on to win at Brands Hatch, and then claim that year’s championship. But for almost 50 years, this insignificant minor change went unnoticed.
That is, until modelmakers at Pocher began attempting to recreate, in meticulous 1:8-scale detail, the car which Fittipaldi raced on July 15, 1972. The oil cooler change was noted in the mechanics’ job lists, but no further details were given, so Pocher product design engineer George Lane pored over historic photographs until he found the small changes to the raceday car.
It’s one example of why the project to model the British GP-winning car has taken more than three years, during which Colin Chapman and Maurice Philippe’s design has been put under the microscope like never before and then re-engineered in miniature.
The Lotus 72 is seen by many to be the most beautiful, innovative and iconic Formula One racing car of the 1970s. Colin Chapman’s revolutionary idea of moving the radiator from the front of the car to a pair in sidepods allowed a sweeping change in the looks, handling and ability of Formula One cars. Firstly in Gold Leaf colours and then in the stunning black and gold of JPS, the Lotus 72 swept all before it in the early 1970s, proving to be the class of the field.
Powered by a just as legendary engine - the Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 - the Lotus mated the power of this world beating engine with handling that left the rest of the field behind. This chassis – identity number 7 (of 9) - was raced at the 1972 British Grand Prix by the soon to be World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi. Around the sweeping confines of the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit Emerson emerged victorious over the Tyrrell of Jackie Stewart by just 4 seconds as he charged towards that year’s crown.
This amazing Pocher model features detail from the monocoque chassis right up, through the suspension and engine components to the incredibly detailed cockpit. All logos are faithfully recreated and with real rubber tyres this impressive 1:8 model will become the star of any collection of motorsport heroes, famous cars, or pieces of art.
The finished model measures out at an incredible 523mm long, with a width of 235mm. Certainly the star of any collection.
|Country of manufacture||China|
|Material||Diecast metal kit, prepainted by factory|
|Productgroup||Formula 1 F1|
|Color / livery||John Player Special livery|
|Period||1970 - 1979|
|Display case included||No|