Colin Chapman

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Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman (9 May, 1928 - 16 December, 1982) was the founder of the British sports car company Lotus and principal of Team Lotus, which won the Formula 1 World Championship seven times.

  • Simplicate, then add lightness.
  • You won't catch me driving a race car that I have built. (This remark was obviously tongue-in-cheek, as numerous photos exist of Chapman driving racing cars he built.)
  • Make the suspension adjustable and they will adjust it wrong -- look what they can do to a Weber carburetor in just a few moments of stupidity with a screwdriver.
  • To add speed, add lightness.
  • Any car which holds together for more than a race is too heavy. (Also tongue-in-cheek, as race cars must test and qualify before the start of any race.)
  • Accountants are the scorers of industry; they have nothing to do with playing the game. (Probably not tongue-in-cheek, as he was implicated in the De Lorean scandal shortly before his death.)
  • Adding power makes you faster on the straights. Subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere.

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