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Who's currently buildin a GTS car?

PostPost by: toomspj » Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:31 am

I'm in the mid stages of building a GTS car - who else has decided to do this from scratch?

Are there enough interested people to start a thread to compare notes? I'm planning to have it on the track for this season, although I am predictably running behind schedule.
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PostPost by: batfish » Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:42 pm

Hi Paul

I have been building my car for the last 7 years, more details are in page 5 of the racing section History of Elan wanted. The car is virtually finished but I have just discovered a major problem with the new race engine that I had built last year.

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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:41 am

I have to take the dangled bait.... what exactly is a GTS car? I really do not know. Really. :|
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PostPost by: trw99 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:38 pm

Elan S1 or S2 (but not a 26R) converted to race spec - at least, that's my understanding!

I belive that an Elan GTS variant was sold by Lotus for a short time in North America.

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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:20 pm

trw99 wrote:Elan S1 or S2 (but not a 26R) converted to race spec - at least, that's my understanding!

I belive that an Elan GTS variant was sold by Lotus for a short time in North America.

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Tim,
So are they the things without a windscreen, also raced in Australia? I always wondered why there was a proliferation of them, didn't realise that it was an actual model from the factory. Thanks.
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PostPost by: batfish » Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:29 pm

GTS is the designation given by the FIA for the class of car specified as Competion Grand Touring Cars. ie GT cars modified and homologated in period for racing.

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PostPost by: trw99 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:40 pm

Hi Pete

Sorry Paul, we are wondering slightly off your topic here.

I'm not sure the GTS was a factory designation as such, more of a North American importers description. You can see here where perhaps the GT bit comes from: http://www.lotuselan.net/publish/article_364.shtml

And as I type this Andy seems to have come up with the better explanation, so I'll go back to sleep.

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PostPost by: Coupe » Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:49 pm

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PostPost by: toomspj » Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:45 pm

Yep. That would be Peter Shaw's car which is an ex-Schryver one. I know that he's putting together an S1 roadsports car to race in HSCC - looks like there'll be quite an Elan contingent this year.

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PostPost by: nudgernog » Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:04 am

a little birdie who builds race engines tells me that gas-charged rear dampers make a big difference to an elan. :wink: :wink:
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PostPost by: nudgernog » Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:57 am

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PostPost by: Fredtech » Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:15 pm

Hi Paul.... You have "PM" .....
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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:19 pm

Coupe wrote:GTS for sale at Paul Matty's:

http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/3567917.htm


That's a nice looking car...
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PostPost by: niceolcars » Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:49 pm

should anyone feel tempted to build one, mine is still for sale.... :oops:

elan-for-sale-f2/our-race-car-project-t22294.html
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PostPost by: Ross Robbins » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:26 pm

Here are a couple of period photos including Paul Newman's first race car.
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diana-rigg-1967-avengers-1.jpg and
paulnewmansccactthompsord4.jpg and
Elan - LOMa.jpg and
Elan - CDR2b.jpg and
'65 Elan at CDR1b.jpg and
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