HEEL TREAD Lotus 49 Socks - Cars & Vibes
HEEL TREAD Lotus 49 Socks - Cars & Vibes
HEEL TREAD Lotus 49 Socks - Cars & Vibes
HEEL TREAD Lotus 49 Socks - Cars & Vibes
HEEL TREAD Lotus 49 Socks - Cars & Vibes
HEEL TREAD Lotus 49 Socks - Cars & Vibes

HEEL TREAD Lotus 49 Socks

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, One Formula 1 team stood out among all the others. Lotus built cars that led drivers to legend and changed motorsport forever. The 49 was one such revolutionary machine.

A new design for one of our old favorites.

Founded in 1948 by Colin Chapman in a former stables of a railway hotel on the outskirts of London, it took Chapman only a few years to separate himself from the original project and concentrate on his main goal: racing cars. Team Lotus was born and made its first appearance in Formula 1 at the 1958 Monaco Grand Prix with the Lotus 12, taking the first victory at the 1961 US Grand Prix - a remarkable feat in F1 history for a new team. But Team Lotus ' dominant series did not begin until 1963 with Jim Clark and the Type 25, winning seven of the season's ten races, repeating the victory in 1965. In 1966, chassis 43 was introduced with a BRM engine in response to new regulations, but the new car proved unsuccessful.

That brings us to 49. Launched in 1967, the Type 49 was the first F1 car to use the engine as a structural part of the chassis. It also signalled Lotus ' separation from BRM and the start of the long and successful Ford-Cosworth collaboration as an F1 engine supplier. The 400 hp 3.0 L naturally aspirated V8 DFV (Double Four Valve) engine was funded by Ford and developed by Cosworth for Team Lotus ' 49 chassis at Chapman's request.

It didn't take long for the new car to stand out. In his first appearance at the Dutch Grand Prix in 1967, Graham Hill took pole position and led the first 10 laps before retiring, letting teammate Jim Clark take the win for Lotus. Although Clark took three more wins that season, reliability issues paved the way for Brabham and Denny Hulme to take home the trophies.

At the end of the season, Ford backed down on the exclusivity of the agreement and made the DFV available to other teams, becoming the dominant engine in the following years-between 1967 and 1985, 155 of the 262 races were won by cars with DFV engines.

For the 1968 season, the 49 returned adorned with Lotus ' new sponsor, the Gold Leaf. The red and gold livery became famous for being the first time an F1 team painted its car in the sponsors ' colours. In a field full of Cosworth DFA engines, with Ferrari the only exception among the top teams, Jim Clark won the South African Grand Prix and the Tasman Series in Australia. Tragically, Clark died during the break between the first and second races in a Formula 2 accident at Hockenheim. With strong competition from McLaren and Matra'S DFV engines, Graham Hill took the drivers 'title from Jackie Stewart and, with Swiss teammate Jo Siffert, won the constructors' title for Team Lotus.

The 49 continued to compete successfully and score big points until it was replaced midway through the 1970 season by the Lotus 72, the forerunner of modernaerodynamics in F1. The era of the cigar-shaped Formula 1 car has come to an end. And perhaps no car looked better than the Pure Green and yellow Type 49 of 1967.

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80% Combed Cotton, 17% Polyamide, 3% Elastane.

Made in Portugal using the most advanced craftsmanship to produce the most exquisite seamless socks.

Wash inside out (maximum 40ºC/100ºF). Do not tumble dry, do not iron.

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