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Lotus Elite S1

Overview

Produced: 1957-1960, 280 produced.
Types: Coupe
Lotus Elite   Interior (1959)
The Elite was a marvellous car that was amazingly quick because it only weighed 1,150 lb (575 kg) and had a 1.2 litre Coventry-Climax engine that with its 71 bhp at 6,100 was really overpowered.  The body was made of glass-fibre reinforced polyester but this proved to be a disadvantage after a few years when the bodies began to crack easily.
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Engines

CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
1216ccS4 OHCCoventry Climax76.6mm x 66.7mm
Lotus 900 SeriesTwin Cam

Fuel System

TypeNumberCapacityComment
SU 1.5inch1

Drivetrain and Suspension

DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension
F/R

Performance

Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
115 mph11.3 s0 s34 mpg71 bhp 6100

Brakes

FrontRearComment
DiscDisc

Dimensions

WheelbaseFront TrackRear TrackLengthWidthWeight (CWT)Turning Circle
7' 4"3' 11"4' 0"12' 4"4' 11" 0 (0)37' 0"

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