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…

2010 Lotus Exige S

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2010 Lotus Exige S
The 79th International Geneva Motor Show sees the introduction of the exciting new 2010 Model Year Lotus Exige S with a newly designed front end, a new rear wing and impressive emissions of just 199 g/km CO2. The Lotus Exige is a renowned high performance coupe that has a well earned…

2010 Lotus Exige S240

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2010 Lotus Exige S240
The 2010 Lotus Exige S240 comes with new front styling, a new rear wing and the same rare combination of exceptional performance and high efficiency. The Lotus Exige S240 features a roof integrated air intake scoop feeds air through the air-to-air intercooled and supercharged 1.8 liter…

2009 Lotus Evora Type 124 Endurance Racecar

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2009 Lotus Evora Type 124 Endurance Racecar
The Lotus Evora Type 124 Endurance Racecar is built to FIA regulations and safety standards. The Lotus Evora Type 124 Endurance Racecar will make its 24 hour racing debut at the ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hours. The Lotus Evora Type 124 Endurance Racecar is powered by the Toyota V6 engine that…

2010 Lotus Elise Club Racer

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2010 Lotus Elise Club Racer
Lotus has unveiled the Special Edition Lotus Elise Club Racer which is based upon the 134 hp Elise S and goes on sale on 15th September 2009. Lotus has taken four of the classic colour schemes used by Lotus in the 1960s (Elite Yellow, Carbon Grey, Sky Blue and Old English White) and combined…

2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260

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2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260
The 2010 Model Year Lotus Exige Cup 260 takes design clues and technical innovations from the Lotus Exige GT3 racecar and combines with class leading emissions of just 199 g/km CO2 and exhilarating performance of 0-100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds. The Lotus Exige Cup 260 comes with

2010 Lotus Exige Scura

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2010 Lotus Exige Scura
The Lotus Exige Scura special edition will be premiered at the Tokyo International Motorshow on 21st of October 2009. Translated as ‘dark’ from Italian, the name ‘Scura’ reflects the stealth character of this already fierce looking Lotus and its stunning soft-feel matt…

2010 Lotus Evora Carbon Concept

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2010 Lotus Evora Carbon Concept
Lotus Evora has presented the basis of the carbon design concept unveiled at the 80th Geneva Motorshow. The Evora Carbon Concept car, revealed to emphasize Lotus’ motorsport pedigree, introduce a stylish carbon fiber, leather and alcantara interior, aggressive carbon diffuser and…

2011 Lotus Elise Facelift

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2011 Lotus Elise Facelift
Having revolutionized the sportscar market since 14 years ago with the small lightweight agile 2-seat mid engine sportscar, the Lotus Elise is now trying to ensure that they bond rigidly to Lotus’ core values of performance by introducing the 2011 model year, Lotus Elise Facelift. This…

2010 Lotus Exige S Type 72

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2010 Lotus Exige S Type 72
The 935kg Lotus Exige S Type 72 sprints to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 145 mph, 233 km/h. The Exige S Type 72 also offers class leading fuel economy and emissions, with fuel economy of 6.5 litres/100 km (43.5 mpg) on the Extra Urban

2010 Lotus Evora Naomi for Haiti

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2010 Lotus Evora Naomi for Haiti
Lotus, as part of collaboration with Naomi Campbell and the White Ribbon Alliance’s Fashion for Relief campaign, has designed and donated eight bespoke charity cars for the Caribbean country of Haiti on 12th of January 2010. The charity car is called Lotus Evora Naomi for Haiti.