Maurice Phillippe

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30 Apr 1932
Tooting, London


05 Jun 1989
West Byfleet, Surrey


Great Britain


Lotus, Parnelli, Tyrrell (1967-1988)

Engineer for Ford and de Havilland, who later became a consultant. He was working for March as a technical consultant for their Indycar attempts, when sadly, he committed suicide. Another racing designer with an aircraft background, Maurice was just twenty-three when he designed his first car. At the same time, he was working on the Comet 4 aircraft at de Havilland. Maurice then went racing and impressed Colin Chapman enough with his designs to move to Lotus. He then worked on the Lotus 39, Lotus 43 and the iconic Lotus 49. He was also involved in the technically advanced Lotus 72 before moving to America for a while and criss-crossed the Atlantic up until his untimely death.

Biography last updated 13 Jun 2018