Lotus Elan 1962 Lotus

Lotus Elan 1962 Lotus

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The original Elan was introduced in 1962 as a roadster, although an optional hardtop was offered in 1963 and a coupé version in 1965. It was the first Lotus road car to use the now famous steel backbone chassis with a fibreglass body. At 1500 lb (680 kg), the Elan embodied the Colin Chapman minimum weight design philosophy. Initial versions of the Elan were also available as a kit to be assembled by the customer. The Elan was technologically advanced with a twin-cam 1558 cc engine, 4-wheel disc brakes, and 4-wheel independent suspension. The Lotus-Ford Twin Cam engine was based on Ford’s Kent, with a Lotus-inspired Cosworth alloy twin-cam head. This Lotus-Ford 4-cylinder engine would go on to be used in a number of Lotus production and racing models. An Elan +2 was introduced in 1967 with a longer wheelbase and two more rear seats. The Elan ceased production in 1973 and the Elan +2 in 1975. An estimated total of 17,000 original Elans and Elan +2’s were built. Because of its successful design and technological sophistication, the Elan went on to become Lotus’ first commercial success, reviving a company stretched thin by the more exotic and less commercially successful Elite, and enabling funding of the Lotus success in racing over the next ten years.

This generation of the two seater Elan was famously driven by the character Emma Peel on the British television series The Avengers. In 2004, Sports Car International named the Elan number six on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s. The original version of the car was designed by Ron Hickman, who also designed the first Lotus Europa as part of Lotus’ GT40 project bid and made his fortune having designed the Black & Decker WorkMate.

Lotus Elan 1962  Lotus
Lotus Elan 1962  Lotus
Lotus Elan 1962  Lotus

2013 Lotus Elan

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2013 Lotus Elan
With a 2+2 variant, the Lotus Elan should be the only car you need. Set for release during the second half of 2013, the Lotus Elan features a 4.0 litre V6 pressure charged engine capable of delivering up to 450 PS and taking into consideration its relative light weight of 1,295kg, the Lotus…

Lotus Elan Concept 2010 Lotus

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Lotus Elan Concept 2010  Lotus
As the old saying goes, you can't have your cake and eat it. In the past we were educated to believe we can't have it all. But that was the past. Today's driver demands more and the Lotus Elan delivers. The Lotus Elan is the beating heart of the new Lotus line-up. It's a high performance sports…

2011 Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept

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2011 Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept
The Lotus Evora GTE is a race car developed with a single-minded aim to be successful in the new global motorsport GTE category, which includes the world famous Le Mans 24 Hours. To celebrate this ground breaking car, Lotus has built the race-inspired Evora GTE Road Car…

World Premiere of the new Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept

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World Premiere of the new Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept
The new Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept will be unveiled to the world for the first time within the Lotus exhibit at the McCall’s Motorworks Revival event Wednesday night, August 17, at the Monterey Jet Center. The Lotus Evora GTE is a race car developed with a single-minded…

2008 Lotus Exige S 240

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2008 Lotus Exige S 240
Although hardly struggling in the performance department in standard 220 PS guise, the Exige S is now being offered with an optional Performance Pack. This raises power to the same 240 PS / 179 kW (minimum) at 8000 rpm enjoyed by the limited edition 240R, courtesy of a…

2009 Project Kahn Lotus Elise

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2009 Project Kahn Lotus Elise
The Lotus Elise is the ultimate British race car for the road. Now Project Kahn has developed a complete conversion to enhance the vehicle. The most prominent element within the Project Kahn Elise package is the full aerodynamic body styling system. This completely transforms the

2009 Lotus Eco Elise

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2009 Lotus Eco Elise
The Lotus Eco Elise project promotes a different perspective on “green”, one which does not revolve solely around tailpipe CO2. This holistic approach is in keeping with the progressive Lotus culture, driving Lotus to become the world’s green automotive consultancy.…

2010 Lotus Evora

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2010 Lotus Evora
The first all-new Lotus since the iconic Elise made its debut in 1995, The Evora enters the sports car market as currently the world’s only mid-engined 2+2. Powered by a Lotus-tuned 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 280 PS, and weighing just 1350 kg (prototype specification), the Evora…

2009 Sector111 Lotus Exige

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2009 Sector111 Lotus Exige
Sector111 has turned its 2006 Lotus Exige into a hardcore, track-ready supercar capable of world-class performance. Every part on the Sector111 Exige is focused and purpose built to the highest standards. The Sector111 Exige started life with a normally aspirated 1.8 liter…