Lotus Elan SE, 1992
Lotus Elan SE, year 1992. Colour red with a grey leather interior. Seats trimmed with a red leather band. This car shows all original features.
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Lotus cars was established in the year 1952 by the British engineer Colin Chapman. Earlier, in the year 1948 the first Lotus saw the light of day. It was an Austin Seven based trial car which was named Lotus Mk I. The first company building was located located at old stables in Hensey, north London. In the year 1954 the company was split into Lotus cars and Team Lotus for the racing activities. Team Lotus competed in the Formula 1 championships from 1958 until 1994. Concerning the street cars Lotus has become renown for the Lotus seven and the Super Seven. These ultra light 'street racers' are being produced until this day. The cars are available ready made and in kit form.
All Lotus racing and sports cars are being engineered by the same philosophy: as light as possible. Because of the low weight Lotus cars feature superb road holding capacities, the experience is truly go-kart like. In 1957 the famous Lotus de Elite was presented, this sports car was the first car with a GRP (glass fiber reinforced plastic) unitary bodywork. The Elite was very competitive on the track. In the year 1962 the Lotus Elan was introduced. The Elan was constructed with a backbone chassis on which the GRP body was mounted. The Elan is one of the finest driving and handling classic sports cars. The year 1966 saw the birth of the Lotus Europa. Again a backbone chassis was used but this time the car featured a centrally mounted engine.
Lotus is still alive and kicking with the models Elise, Exige and the modern Europa. The story continues strongly because Lotus always stuck to their philosophy: building ultra light, fast and superb handling cars for road and track use.
engine: Isuzu four cylinder in-line engine with double
overhead camshafts (DOHC)
petrol injection and Turbo charger
cylinder capacity: 1588 cc.
capacity: 165 bhp. at 6600 rpm.
torque 205 Nm. at 4200 rpm.
gearbox: 5-speed, manual
acceleration 0-100 km/h: 6.8 sec.
top-speed: 220 km/h.
weight: 1020 kg.