Lotus 88 ‘Twin Chassis’
article updated Jan 2012
Minichamps released two versions of the ‘twin chassis’ Lotus 88 Formula One racer recently; the blue and red Essex version presented here, plus a black and gold Courage/Essex version. Both feature extensive use of mirror-like chrome.
First impression is the model looks excellent; rich metallic blue paint with chrome and red.
This is the version of the car as run in a practice session at the 1981 Long Beach Grand Prix by Elio de Angelis. Famously, it never actually competed in a race due to being deemed illegal with it’s movable ‘second’ chassis.
While initially giving this model a big Thumbs Up, I noticed one glaring and major error – it’s fitted with Goodyear tyres! It should have Michelin rubber. At first I thought my example was just a one-off error, but this is how Minichamps themselves have it photographed in all their PR material.
To fix the error, I guess I could rub off the Goodyear print (update: mission complete, see bottom pic!), but the tyres themselves (mostly the rear) aren’t quite right anyway as the Michelins of 1981 had a squarer sidewall.
- Collectability – 4.2 (2,016pcs worldwide)
- Finish – 4.5
- Accuracy – 3.2 (4.2 if not for tyre error)
- Value – 3.8
- Overall – 3.9
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