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#1 Graham Clayton

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 01:52

The 1992 Lotus 107 had a logo featuring a reference to defunct UK manufacturer Frazer-Nash on the nosecone. How did this logo come about? Was there a stillborn attempt to revive Frazer-Nash in the early 1990's?

 

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#2 2F-001

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 04:54

There is/was a Frazer Nash engineering consultancy that evolved/grew/formed/whatever from the same Group as the FN we are more familiar with; It could be they that are represented there?

#3 Tim Murray

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 05:41

They claim their heritage goes back to Archie, although the current organisation hyphenates Frazer-Nash. The hyphen was never used on the cars:

https://www.fnc.co.u...r-heritage.aspx

#4 TennisUK

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 19:38

I have a fuzzy memory that the logo was related to the active suspension system they ran that year - the one they ran in 1987 was supplied by Group Lotus but the one they ran in '92/'93 was a totally different system and I think provided by the engineering company then known as FN.



#5 TennisUK

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 19:39

And also - what a lovely car that was!



#6 D-Type

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 23:24

They claim their heritage goes back to Archie, although the current organisation hyphenates Frazer-Nash. The hyphen was never used on the cars:

https://www.fnc.co.u...r-heritage.aspx

I think the Frazer-Nash gun turret had a hyphen as it was independent of the car company.



#7 Alan Cox

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 13:43

I seem to recall at the time that David Thirlby, the author of a number of books on Frazer Nash car history and an expert on Archie Frazer-Nash, told me it was something to do with a virtual-reality headset system that they were developing, and with which the company still appears to be involved

 

Archie's surname was hyphenated, but the car company's name wasn't



#8 D-Type

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 19:56

is it simply a case that the car company and the consultancy are separate companies - one with a hyphen and one without.



#9 absinthedude

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 08:12

AS I recall it was a link with "Frazer-Nash Technology". At the time fans were told it would lead to a HUD in the drivers' helmets which would mean no looking down at the dashboard or steering wheel and other gizmos. 

 

In the end I think all it meant was a logo on the car. Beautiful car though, for 90s F1. 



#10 Alan Cox

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 09:25

is it simply a case that the car company and the consultancy are separate companies - one with a hyphen and one without.

Sadly, the car company doesn't exist any more



#11 king_crud

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 10:37

I seem to recall at the time that David Thirlby, the author of a number of books on Frazer Nash car history and an expert on Archie Frazer-Nash, told me it was something to do with a virtual-reality headset system that they were developing, and with which the company still appears to be involved

Archie's surname was hyphenated, but the car company's name wasn't


I remember seeing an story about that heads up instrument system at the time, I'm surprised it's never been developed by this time

#12 TennisUK

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 10:47

AS I recall it was a link with "Frazer-Nash Technology". At the time fans were told it would lead to a HUD in the drivers' helmets which would mean no looking down at the dashboard or steering wheel and other gizmos. 

 

In the end I think all it meant was a logo on the car. Beautiful car though, for 90s F1. 

Ah yes i think you're right. If was a HUD inside the helmet - I remember seeing it on Tomorrow's World.



#13 neilwhitedesign

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 14:45

While researching the book I'm writing on Team Lotus covering the 1983-1994 period, it would seem that as well as the development of the head-up display, Fraser Nash Technology also invested into Team Lotus in 1992, as well as providing a financial guarantee against the team's Cosworth engine supply for the year.

 

I seem to remember a photo of the head-up display in the 'Williams Renault Formula 1 Motor Racing Book' from 1993, which I had as a kid.

 

https://www.amazon.c...aps,129&sr=1-19



#14 Louis Mr. F1

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 21:00

that's right, I also remembered the same and had checked this out on the book mentioned above last night before bed time and found this.  Just got a chance to scan this page now for your reference.  Notice the Frazer-Nash logo on the helmet.  It appears to be Johnny Herbert's (Lotus driver at the time) helmet but worn by someone else.

 

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Edited by Louis Mr. F1, 28 March 2019 - 21:01.


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Posted 29 March 2019 - 09:13

There is/was a Frazer Nash engineering consultancy that evolved/grew/formed/whatever from the same Group as the FN we are more familiar with; It could be they that are represented there?

 

Yes, I remember them.  Even went to see them (IT-related) and sad that the car company is no more as per Alan's post.