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    CARITASCREEKS.INFO Lotus Elite Concept. Lotus. aka, Lotus Elite. Introduction, Paris Motor Show. Class, Concept Car.

    In an astonishingly audacious move, Lotus intends to burst out of its Spartan quasi-racer niche. It has announced the Elite, a car to challenge.

    The concept car concept is translated as "the idea of a car". This is a kind of prototype car, which tests people's reactions to new technologies being introduced, design solutions, etc. In its original form, prototypes are never launched into mass production.

    Lotus elite concept

    Lotus elite concept

    Designing a swoopy-looking car, and specifying fancy tech, is just the start. It had cars at the front of the formula one grid and, in the Esprit, a competitor for the Porsche and the Ferrari Lotus Cars reserves the right to change the external and internal design of the Production Intent Prototypes, the specification, performance, dimensions, weight, fuel consumption, powertrain details and any other product information at anytime and without notice for any reason whatsoever. Elites won their class six times at the 24 hour Le Mans race as well as two Index of Thermal Efficiency wins. It's not only exquisitely elegant, in keeping with Lotus' core values, it's a car of substance incorporating some of the very latest technological innovations Lotus has to offer.

    Lotus elite concept

    Lotus elite concept

    Lotus elite concept

    Lotus elite concept

    Lotus elite concept

    Lotus Elite Concept - Wikicars

    The Lotus Elite name has been used for two production vehicles and one concept vehicle from Lotus Cars. The first generation Elite Type 14 was produced from to and the second generation model Type 75 and later Type 83 from to The Elite name was also applied to a concept vehicle revealed in The Elite's most distinctive feature was its highly innovative fibreglass monocoque construction, in which a stressed-skin GRP unibody replaced the previously separate chassis and body components.

    Unlike the contemporary Chevrolet Corvette , which used fibreglass for only exterior bodywork, the Elite used glass-reinforced plastic for the entire load-bearing structure of the car, although a steel subframe for supporting the engine and front suspension was bonded into the front of the monocoque, as was a square-section windscreen -hoop that provided mounting points for door hinges, jacking point for lifting the car and roll-over protection.

    Lotus elite concept

    The resultant body was lighter, stiffer, and provided better driver protection in the event of a crash. Still, a full understanding of the engineering qualities of fibreglass-reinforced plastic was still several years off and the suspension attachment points were regularly observed to pull out of the fibreglass structure. Popular mythology says that cars left the factory with a variety of engines, but this is incorrect.

    The FWE engine, derived from a water pump engine usually found bolted to a fire truck, [7] was used by Lucas Electric for electrical component life testing in the presence of intense vibration. The car had independent suspension all round with transverse wishbones at the front and Chapman struts at the rear. The rear struts were so long, that they poked up in the back and the tops could be seen through the rear window. Advanced aerodynamics also contributed to the car's very low drag coefficient of 0.

    Lotus elite concept

    The original Elite drawings were by Peter Kirwan-Taylor. Frank Costin brother of Mike, one of the co founders of Cosworth , at that time Chief Aerodynamic Engineer for the de Havilland Aircraft Company, contributed to the final design.

    The Super 95 spec, with more power, [4] from a higher tuned engine with raised compression and a fiercer camshaft with five bearings. A very few Super and Super cars were made with Weber carburettors, for racing use. Among its few faults was a resonant vibration at rpm where few drivers remained, on either street or track [9] and poor quality control, handicapped by overly low price thus losing money on every car produced and, "perhaps the greatest mistake of all", offering it as a kit, exactly the opposite of the ideal for a quality manufacturer.

    When production ended in , had been built. A road car tested by The Motor magazine in had a top speed of A fuel consumption of Elites won their class six times at the 24 hour Le Mans race as well as two Index of Thermal Efficiency wins.

    Lotus elite concept

    In , David Hobbs fitted a Hobbs Mecha-Matic 4-speed automatic transmission to an Elite, [14] and became almost unbeatable in two years' racing — he won 15 times from 18 starts. Unfortunately, the lead driver withdrew the night before the race, so the car did not have a chance to prove itself.

    From to , Lotus produced the considerably larger four-seat Type 75 and later Type 83 Elite. With this design Lotus sought to position itself upmarket and move away from its kit-car past. The Elite was configured as a small shooting brake with a glass rear hatch opening into the luggage compartment.

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