Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: trw99 » Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:40 am

At the time the Elan was designed Chapman was using doughnuts in his race cars.

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:41 am

rgh0 wrote:Well its good he chose to use donuts over Cvs due to problems on the Mini Cvs as the donuts never had any catastrophic failures did they :roll:

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:45 am

First cooper S was 1071 70bhp first to win the Monte Carlo Rally
1275 76bhp
970 ???bhp
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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:40 am

trw99 wrote:At the time the Elan was designed Chapman was using doughnuts in his race cars.

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PostPost by: s28ven » Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:26 pm

vincereynard wrote:
JonB wrote:Now that is interesting. Vince's clip states that they chose doughnuts not because - as others have asserted - CV joints were not available at the time, but because of cost.


So who actually designed the chassis might be a matter of opinion. Didn't Chapman start out designing bridges? Basic stuff for him I would have thought. £10 each! How much did they charge for a replacement chassis back then?

Rotoflex are clever and a neat solution but probably not intended for Elan power and performance.
I don't think CVs were available in the early 60s? Nasty old Hookes were of course, which could have been used as a top link and eliminated the need for a full strut.



In 1974 they were charging £115 for a chassis.
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