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Lotus cars in the quad

29 October 2007

Today, on the 25th anniversary of his death, UCL Engineering celebrates the contribution to automotive engineering of UCL alumnus Colin Chapman.

lotus Chapman founded Lotus in the 1950s and was for years a driving force behind Formula One. His designs and technical innovations formed the basis for some of the most successful racing and sports cars ever made - and a range of Lotus cars are today on display in the main UCL quad.

Alongside the array of motor vehicles is an exhibition of original Lotus designs and photographs, which is on display in the cloisters. Held in partnership with Group Lotus, the event also recognises the research connections between UCL and Lotus Engineering. Among the guests are distinguished figures from the world of motor racing, including Damon Hill, Sir Stirling Moss and Patrick Head.


To view a gallery of images from the event, use the link at the top of this article.

Audio interviews

UCL Communications spoke with Professor Bernard Buxton, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, and Professor Nicos Ladommatos, Head of UCL Mechanical Engineering, about today's event.

Professor Buxton spoke about the contribution of Colin Chapman to motorsport, while Professor Ladommatos explained the background to the work being done by UCL Mechanical Engineering in collaboration with automotive and oil companies to develop engines and fuels that are more efficient and better for the environment.