The Lotus 56 was a car developed for the 1968 Indianapolis 500. It had four-wheel-drive, and was powered by a Pratt & turbine jet engine, making it the only turbine entry in Formula One history.

In the 500, the three cars (one driven by Graham Hill) qualified first, second and 11th, but Hill's car lost a wheel, and the other two cars suffered identical fuel pump failures while leading late in the race. Following that race, USAC changed the rules to make turbines uncompetitive.

In 1971, Team Lotus entered a modified version of the car, known as the 56B, in three Grands Prix and three non-championship events. The car had sprouted wings, and had larger fuel tanks to run an entire Grand Prix without stopping. And while the was car extremely quick in the wet, in dry weather it was an overweight mid-field runner.


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Entreats Tires Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
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Gold Leaf Team Lotus F Australia Dave Walker Ret
Sweden Reine Wisell NC
World Wide Racing Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 8th


V T E 1971 Formula One Season
Constructors Bellasi • Brabham • BRM • Ferrari • Lotus • March • Matra • McLaren • Surtees • Tyrrell
Engines Alfa Romeo • BRM • Ferrari • Ford Cosworth • Matra
Drivers De Adamich • Amon • Andretti • Barber • Bell • Beltoise • Beuttler • Bonnier • Cannon • Cevert • Charlton • Craft • Donohue • Eaton • Elford • Fittipaldi • Galli • Ganley • Gethin • Hailwood • Hill • Hobbs • Hulme • Ickx • Jarier • Jean • Lauda • van Lennep • Love • Lovely • Marko • Mazet • Moser • Oliver • Pescarolo • Peterson • Posey • Pretorius • Redman • Regazzoni • Revson • Rodríguez • Schenken • Siffert • Soler-Roig • Stewart • Stommelen • Surtees • Walker • Wisell
Cars Bellasi F1 70 • Brabham BT33 • Brabham BT34 • BRM P153 • BRM P160 • Ferrari 312B • Ferrari 312B2 • Lotus 56B • Lotus 69 • Lotus 72C • Lotus 72D • March 701 • March 711 • Matra MS120B • McLaren M7C • McLaren M14A • McLaren M19A • Surtees TS7 • Surtees TS9 • Tyrrell 001 • Tyrrell 002 • Tyrrell 003
Tyres Goodyear • Firestone
Races South Africa • Spain • Monaco • Netherlands • France • Britain • Germany • Austria • Italy • Canada • United States
Non-championship Races Argentina • Race of Champions • Questor • Spring Trophy • International Trophy • Jochen Rindt • Gold Cup • World Championship
See also 1970 Formula One Season • 1972 Formula One Season • Category
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