Lotus 49 art print


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Lotus 49 Jim Clark fine car art by Ivan Borisov.

Carefully produced with our giclée process to maximize color accuracy and resolution. At Simply Petrol, we use the highest-quality Hahnemühle fine art paper (315 gsm) with delicate texture and acid-free surface.

Giclée (French for “to spray”) is a printing process where millions of ink droplets are sprayed to saturate the fibers of the watercolor paper, resulting in pure, rich color and remarkable detail.



Think of F1 and car art. If you are an enthusiast, chances are you recalled this car, the Lotus 49, painted in British racing green with the yellow stripe. This car is legendary on so many levels. We could compose three separate books on it: one on engineering, one on design and one on history. That is why we are more than delighted to share with you this Lotus 49 art.


This Lotus 49 art is telling the quintessential F1 story




This car was designed in 1967 by Colin Chapman and Maurice Philippe, all legends in the world of F1. This car was the first one to successfully incorporate a chassis, which used the engine as a stress-bearing structural component. It did it so well that everyone else started following Lotus’ footsteps. The Lotus 49 was also the first car to use aerofoil wings; at first, directly mounted to the suspension, several feet above the vehicle. But after some mishaps and dangerous accidents, they were banned, and Lotus was forced to attach them directly to the bodywork.




The engine itself is a piece of automotive art, the Cosworth DFV, aluminium V8. From the very beginning of its life, the engine was producing 408 bhp and grew to 510 bhp towards the end of its lifespan. It has powered more cars on the F1 grid than any other engine in history (do not quote us on this, but it sure feels like it).

This car, as promised, includes some impressive racing history. The car debuted and won its first race during the Dutch Grand Prix, piloted by none other than Jim Clark. In total, the car has won 11 F1 Grand Prix’s, including one, in its final year (1970). It’s been driven by a very impressive line-up of drivers such as Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi. Hill even won the F1 world championship in it.

How you got into cars?

I’ve developed my passion for cars quite early. As a child I was into arts and liked to draw. We had a friend of a family who was an artist he used to come to our house and sketch something for me. Just a quick pen doodles. Watching him draw was a mesmerizing experience. He would leave me with a picture of an old Cadillac with huge tail fins or a race car rushing through the track. It seemed effortless and was so cool that after a while all I wanted to do was drawing cars.

Growing in a post USSR Russia I would see a lot of foreign cars appearing on the streets looking like nothing I sow before. Seemed to me they’ve came from another world. I was very curious about them and so I began to read automotive magazines. A lot of them. All the little money I had in my disposal were spent on those. At this point it was all I’d really care to read. I was studying in art school at a time, so the idea to become a car designer came out naturally, and I went to pursue that goal.

While learning all about automotive history and the legacy behind the famous companies I eventually got into motorsport and of course formula one. I began watching F1 races in 2001. While there was a channel with live translations on TV, but formula one was not really popular in Russia at that time, and rather then that not much information about it could be found. That made it so mysterious and fascinating to me, especially the history – legendary drivers of the past, teams that once were great then vanished and the drama. I would read all these stories as a mythos or a saga – so far away and out of this world it seemed to me at that time. I carried out that fascination to the Formula 1 through the years. When I do these illustrations I’m that young boy again who just discovered new world.

If you have an option for a permanent exhibition, where would you like it to be?

Newer thought of that. Probably some place related to Formula 1. McLaren «Paragon» factory sounds nice :)

Imagine unlimited budget for just a one car. What a vehicle youd have in your garage?

There’s no easy answer to that question. So many great cars to choose from… I’d choose Bugatti Atlantic so I could sell it and then buy pretty much everything I would want :) But jokes aside that would probably be McLaren F1 – such an outstanding car. Legend in itself.

What car you are currently having in your garage?`

No car in my garage so far. That’s probably weird for a car designer but I didn’t really need a car from the practical point of view. And didn’t earn enough to by a car for pure pleasure so far.

Do you have specific motoring culture you admire and if yes, why?

Formula 1. Especially so called golden era 60s to 90s. It’s a combination of machinery, passion, characters and drama. A perfect fuse of man and machine.
I like all forms of motorsport in general. Sport cars have a special kind of beauty that comes from a single purpose – be fast.

If it weren’t cars, what would it be?

What kind of culture rather then cars? Music is one of my main sources of inspiration. Can’t live without it. If I didn’t choose to follow visual arts and design, i’d probably be a musician. Well at least that’s what I like to think. Or more realistically, I’d be a photographer of some sort. Thats another passion of mine.

Is there specific motorsports competition youd like to be part of in one or another form?

I use to race cars at the amateur level and really enjoy it. I’d like to do that on a more professional level. Would be also great to design a livery to a F1 team one day.

Please, share with us the most significant motorsport moment you`ve witnessed with your own eyes. Tell us about the feelings you got.

Well, I didn’t attend a lot of races. The only one formula 1 race I’ve been at was Sochi 2014 and I didn’t really enjoy it. But I remember the first time I saw a F1 car in motion. It was a Renault F1 Team show run in Moscow in a year 2003 I think. It was a special moment for me – the peace of the world I could only before see in pictures was now in front of my eyes, in the same reality with me. I remember the sound of the engine. I had to walk to the place for about 10-15 minutes and all the way I could hear it becoming louder and louder. There were no track, the car ran on a city streets and it was cold grim late autumn day. Leaves already’ve started falling down. The whole setting seemed a bit surreal. I could’t see much as there were a lot of people. Really a lot. But the whole experience was unforgettable.


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Additional information


Large – 50 x 23.5 inches | 127 x 60 cm, Medium – 35 x 16.5 inches | 89 x 42 cm, Mini – 17 x 8 inches | 43 x 20 cm, Small – 25 x 11.8 inches | 63 x 30 cm

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1. Framing

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Your #finecarart print will be laid between two sheets of archival paper. They are pH neutral (i.e. between 7 and 8.5) and will therefore have no chemical interaction with any objects it contacts. The #finecarart print will be rolled with the help of a smaller tube and will be packed in a reasonably heavy mailing tube with secure end caps. The tube will be taped around the end caps to ensure a tight seal.

4. Care

In order to preserve this piece of #finecarart at its best, keep the print away from fluorescent lighting and direct sunlight and from areas with high humidity, and at normal room temperature between 18 – 23 °C // 64 – 73 °F.

 : Ivan Borisov
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