October 02, 2003

Lotus 56 Turbine

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This is the Lotus 56 Turbine originally driven by Joe Leonard at the 1968 Indy 500. It's currently owned by Bruce Linsmeyer and is shown here running at the Victory Lane Historic Champ Car Showcase at the Milwaukee Mile, 2003.


Posted by scheuern on October 2, 2003
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I would like to buy this Lotus 56 photo.
Can you please teach me how to buy it?
I am waiting for your replay.
Thank you and best regards.

Shuji

Posted by: Shuji Kobayashi at August 27, 2004 03:27 PM

If this the same turbine powered that had some mech. problems at the 1968 Indy 500 , and they would not allow it to continued to race, and to this day that I understand they will not allow any turbines at the Indy 500. That was to bad that happened, because I think it would have taken all the cars , and would have changed auto engine history as We know it today. The ten years I worked on turbines We only had one over speed , and that was pilot error, ofcource I am talking about turborshaft, but when they built the turbine for the auto they perfected that model.
Has anyone ever thought that the turbine could operated on hydrogen which would make it even more perfect for todays use.

Posted by: Danny Aiken at May 30, 2005 02:31 AM

Great car and great picture!
Where are the others turbine cars? Lotus or STP-Paxton i mean.

Thanks.

Posted by: Rio at July 17, 2005 12:15 PM

I WAS A 12 YEARS OLD WHEN I FIRST SAW ON THE COVER PAGE OF THE MONTHLY REVIEW CALLED "SPORT-AUTO" JOE LEONARD'S LOTUS 56 PRATT & WHITNEY. WHAT A SHOCK ! MY FIRST IMPRESSION WAS THAT THIS CAR MUST HAVE BEEN DESIGNED BY SOME MAD GENIUS : AND SINCE THAT VERY DAY OF MAY 68 - 37 YEARS AGO TODAY ! - THE LOTUS VIRUS IS MORE PRESENT THAN EVER. LONG LIFE TO LOTUS AND TO ALL THEIR FANS.
JEAN-PIERRE

Posted by: Chiarelli Jean-Pierre at November 6, 2005 02:45 PM

Great photo of one of the absolute coolest Indy Cars of all time. I remember the very first time I saw this car in 1968. I said: "Some incredibly mad genius at NASA designed this thing". Looking at this car in 1968 said to you: "I'm going to lap you in the first 10 minutes of the race and then you'll watch me break the sound barrier for the rest of the afternoon." It reminds me of the good ole' days before identical, boring spec' cars took over Indy Car racing.

Posted by: Carl Johnson at October 6, 2006 12:12 PM
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