Lotus Elan

Special Elan / Fournier Lotus

PostPost by: pereirac » Tue Jan 17, 2006 10:34 pm

I was informed, many years ago, by a well respected Alpine restorer in the UK that there was one big difference between A110s and Elans (I used to drive round to his workshop on a regular basis and 'drool' over his A110s..)

The Elan has a racing car heritage and very stable to drive, the Alpine is has a rally car heritage and is more unstable (better I suppose for all those sharp bends in the mountains)

I have never driven a A110 so can't really comment on this but I would rather be driving an Elan in the wet than a rear engined Alpine...

Anybody out there will experience of driving both cars?
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:24 pm

I only drove my friends ex works Alpine once, but tried to keep up with it around the track many times. It had grip and stability that matched the Elan is most circumstances.

On the race track the weight of the relatively light engine hanging out the rear seemed to be no great handicap. Compared to a 2 litre Porsche 911S of similar vintage the Alpine had far superior handling in my experience, having raced both.

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