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The Lotus Elan was the third series-production car made by Lotus. It was a large step ahead of
the first two series cars made by Lotus in passenger comfort. With its backbone tubular chassis and fiberglass body, the street car only weighed about 1500 lbs. For Lotus, it was a big step forward in road cars because of the added features (like a heater and good ventilation) to improve occupants’ comfort. Despite these added features, the Elan was still a very lightweight car. This immediately caught the eye of racers who were always looking for a good street car that could be turned into a race car. Along with its light weight, the Elan was quite powerful and had 4-wheel disc brakes.
With excellent feedback and feel, the Elan was also famous for its very accurate steering – so famous that when Gordon Murray designed the McLaren F1, he wanted the steering feel to be as good as the vintage Lotus Elan he owned.
This particular car was built in 2012 by Bob Criss, a longtime sports car racer who won the 1982 FP SCCA national championship. With the interior removed and other modifications, a 200 HP vintage Lotus Elan is a very fast 1300 lb. race car!
Manufacturer: Lotus Cars
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Drivetrain Configuration: Front engine, rear wheel drive
Engine: 1558cc Lotus-Ford twin-cam, 200 HP, 8,000 RPM
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Top Speed: 150 MPH