Ayrton Senna, Lotus Renault 97T, 1:18 Minichamps, Ayrton Senna Collection, near mint in box.
The Lotus 97T was a Formula One racing car designed by Gérard Ducarouge and built by Team Lotus for use in the 1985 Formula One World Championship. A development of the previous year’s 95T, the car was powered by the turbocharged 1.5-litre Renault EF15B V6 engine and ran on Goodyear tyres. John Player Special continued as the team’s title sponsor, with Elf and Olympus as secondary sponsors.
The 97T proved competitive during the season, taking 8 poles, 7 with Senna and 1 with de Angelis, and 3 wins. Senna’s first was a brilliant performance in the Portuguese Grand Prix where he won by over a minute in monsoon conditions.