Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: RotoFlexible » Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:44 pm

GreekS1 wrote:So I'll be looking into an s4 FHC as well... Only problem with those is that I am 6'3''/90kg and I dont know if i'll fit. Did a search on here and I think there wont be a problem..


6'5", nearly 110kg (I'm working on that!) and I fit well enough that I still have the car after 40 years. The best bet is to find an owner who will let you try one on for size.
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PostPost by: 1964 S1 » Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:23 am

Ignoring driving skills, I've always thought shoe size, not height determined who can drive an Elan to it's fullest. I've met six foot five inch tall baby Elan owners.
The +2 adds three or four shoe sizes and an inch or two of height for potential happy drivers over the smaller Elan. (But good luck if you're six foot seven trying to climb into a plus two)
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PostPost by: RotoFlexible » Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:39 pm

1964 S1 wrote:Ignoring driving skills, I've always thought shoe size, not height determined who can drive an Elan to it's fullest. I've met six foot five inch tall baby Elan owners.


That's true. My size-13's (American) are right at the limit, and I can't wear running shoes (too wide in the front). I have purchased a pair of driving shoes, very narrow and tight around the front of the foot, for that happy day when the car returns to service - measured in days now!
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PostPost by: 264889socal » Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:12 pm

Like Andrew, my feet push the limits of space around the pedals. After trying several different shoes, I found a shoe by Pauma called the Drift Cat. They have thin soles (sort of tire tread like), and have virtually no excess width. For me the perfect shoe for the Elan.

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PostPost by: 1964 S1 » Sat Mar 15, 2008 4:34 am

Every time I climb in my Elans with the wrong boots on a little alarm goes off in my little brain. It says something like "....don't push on the brake and throttle at the same time...or at least flip me shifter to neutral so we don't end up under some SuckUV."
If you've got big feet and are feeling very brave, trim off the right side of the brake pedal. Lightness = Speed.
Heel/Toe Joy is imperative on Elans.
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PostPost by: JJDraper » Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:19 am

As I am also 6'4" and carrying around 220lbs, I agree that the +2 is not only usable, but very comfortable. My mate who is nearly 6'10" was a passenger on a long trip in France last year and declared it the most comfortable (sports) car he has been a passenger in. He was impressed with the smoothness of the ride as well as the space. I think the leg room was the clincher.

Jeremy

PS He has even been a rear passenger in the car, but only for around 10 miles....
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