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Lotus Europa

Lotus Europa

The Europa Colin Chapman ‘s steel backbone chassis. also relying on its fiberglass for structure. The 4-wheel independent is also very minimal, in the rear, which depends on a trailing arm, one lower and the axles. Aside from the bonnet (hood), and trunk, the is a single piece of fiberglass .

The incredible handling prompted magazines to describe the Europa as the thing to a Formula car for the street.

History

The design for the Europa in 1963 with drawings by Ron director of Lotus Engineering, for bid on the Ford GT40 project. contract ended up going to instead, and Lotus went on to use aerodynamic body (with a coefficient of .29) in their for the famous Lotus 7. The Europa.

1

The Series 1 or S1 Europa, also as Lotus Type 46 . was announced for to European markets on December 20. The first cars were to France in February 1967. The S1 was with a modified Renault 16 engine and a 4-speed gearbox.

The engine was a special 82bhp (the standard was 52bhp), and mounted it at a 90 angle to accommodate the unique layout. The S1 weighed 686 kg, had a top of 110mph, and did 0-60 in 9.5 seconds. the S1A variation (which incorporated of the S2 changes), there were 650 S1s were produced.

Type 47

Lotus Europa

In 1967. Lotus the Type 47 . a lightweight Europa a 165bhp 1594cc Lotus/Ford twin cam Kent engine and a FT 200 5-speed gearbox. A twin cam would not be available to the public the Type 74 . in 1971. It’s that only 55 Type 47s built by Lotus.

Replicas are now from Banks Europa ( http://www.banks-europa.co.uk/ ). in several variations.

Series 2

The Europa S2 . or Type 54 . was in April 1968. It used the Renault engine as the Type 46, but a number of luxurious enhancements, electric windows, fully seats, a new interior, and a wooden on the dash assembly. At the request of companies, they switched to bolts (instead of resin to attach the body and frame.

A number of Type 54’s modified to be federalized, that is, for export to the United States. In the Type 65 aka S2 Federal was born, several changes to the body and for U.S. D.O.T. standards. other changes, the Renault in the Type 65 had a 1565cc capacity of the previous 1470cc.

In all, 3,615 S2s were

TC and TC Special

In 1971. the Type 74 TC was made available to the public, a 105bhp 1558cc Lotus/Ford Cam engine and a Renault 5-speed Mike Kimberley, a new engineer at was Chief Engineer of the TC project. cars were shipped as TC before they switched to a Lotus Big Valve version of the and renamed the car Europa TC Special . It 740 kg, had a top speed of 123mph, and did 0-60 in 7.0

Lotus produced a total of TC Specials.

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