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Lotus Cars have routinely pioneered automotive weight-saving efforts. Chapman, born in May of 1928, studied structural engineering in college, did a short stint in the Royal Air Force, and worked for British Aluminum—before founding Lotus Cars. His aeronautical background solidly informed his work in the automotive field, as did his experience with aluminum. Between 1962 and 1978, the racing side of his company was exceptionally successful—winning Formula One titles seven times, six of his drivers won world championships, and one of his cars won the Indianapolis 500.