1962 Lotus 22 Formula Junior
Chassis no. 22 J 5
Engine no. 12V14
1100cc Cosworth 109E Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
2 DCOE Weber Carburetors
112.9bhp at 8200rpm
Hewland MKVIII Transaxle
Magnesium "Wobbly Web' Wheels
4-Wheel Girling Outboard Disc Brakes
*Championship winning Lotus design
*Freshly built Ivey/Richardson engine
*Eligible for the The Goodwood Revival, Monaco Historic Grand Prix and Monterey Reunion events
*Restored to a very high standard/race ready subject to individual setup requirements
*Beautifully finished in Linden Green
The Lotus Type 22
The Lotus Type 22 succeeded the highly successful Type 20 design for 1962, as was the policy at Lotus at the time for annual upgrades to its model line. Improvements included a much stiffer multi-tubular space frame, through the use a thicker gauge metal, a double skinned bulkhead and other chassis tweaks that improved rigidity. Girling disc brakes (now outboard) were now standard front and rear. The front suspension remained largely unchanged, while the rear suspension now followed the practice of the Type 21 Formula One design, with the driveshafts not being used as the upper location point for the suspension and with the addition of an upper camber link.
Power for the new 22 design came from the 1100cc Ford Cosworth MKVI engine which was placed in the chassis at a 30 degree angle on the right side to lower the bodywork for improved aerodynamics at that time the engine was guaranteed to produce 100hp.
At the time Autosport magazine wrote about the "absolutely staggering" flexibility of the engine and the "phenomenally high" cornering speeds.
The legend of the 22, arguably the most successful of all Junior designs, was cemented during the 1962 season when Peter Arundell scored an incredible 18 wins from 25 starts, including the Monaco Grand Prix warm up race. This feat remains a record for the highest number of wins in a single season by one car in any FIA sanctioned international racing series. Interestingly Arundell's car, chassis 22 J 2, is just three numbers from the car presented today.
The Motorcar Offered
22 J 5 was dispatched to New York Lotus dealer Sy Kaback's Grand Prix Imported Cars, although there is unsubstantiated suggestion that 22 J 5 was raced by Lotus before being sold new to Kaback! Interestingly, it was ordered with an oversized aluminium gas tank for use at Sebring; this tank remained with the car until restoration started in 2008. Little is known about the interim years until it appeared in Bonhams November 2008 auction that featured the John Dawson-Damer Collection of Lotus Racing Single-Seaters. At this point the old 22 was in need of a complete restoration. Upon inspection it was determined that the original chassis frame was compromised beyond its intended use as a competitive front line contender, therefore as with numerous spaceframe racing car designs a new frame was constructed naturally and for historical correctness the old frame and bodywork together with the aforementioned long distance tank were retained and can be claimed by the buyer.
22 J 5 was restored over a four year period using all four corners and brought up to the stunning condition that we see today. The Richardson engine was a spare built for a friends' Type 27 and this has been taken apart and reassembled by the respected Ivey Engines Inc. of Portland, Oregon. Dyno sheets on file show 113hp at 8200rpm with maximum engine speed of approximately 9100rpm. This motor has seen only a five-lap shakedown run at Portland International Raceway in July of this year. The car is finished in Linden Green, a nod to the vendor's idol, Innes Ireland. Upon seeing the finished 22 J 5, the organizer of the Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park promptly offered a place on the grid for the Formula Junior race.
There is little doubt that Lotus produced some of the most exquisite single-seater racing cars ever seen, including the Types 20, 21, 22, 24 and 25. These cars were driven by legends and they won championships; Lotus drivers, so revered today, included Arundell, Taylor, Ireland and of course the great Jimmy Clark.
22 J 5 subject to individual setup requirements is ready for front line use again and is eligible for some of the greatest motor racing events in the world including The Goodwood Revival, Monterey Reunion (the Formula Junior group will be competing this weekend for the Bonhams 1793 Cup) and of course the Monaco Historics. In fact, as single seater racing cars go, it is more a question of which events to sit out, as so many welcome these highly important formula racers.