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1972 General Lotus Brochure

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Europa TwinCam

The most distinctive high performance car on the market. Its internationally acclaimed styling and advanced mid-engine design make the Europa unique.

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Elan Sprint

The most famous sports car in the world, an ideal balance between high performance and safety. Available in drop-head and fixed head coupe.

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+2S130

The executive car with a difference - a difference not only in performance but in character. Not a car for the hidebound or complacent. The +2S 130 combines luxury and styling with the matchless handling and acceleration that has become the Lotus trademark.

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Technical Specifications Europa Twincam

Engine Chassis
Cylinders 4

Construction:...Backbone chassis with glass fibre reinforced plastic body

Bore and stroke 82.55mm X 72.7mm Brakes
Cubic capacity 1,558 cc Type Servo-assisted Girling discs front and drums rear
Valves Twin ohc
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Carburettors Twin Stromberg 175 CPSE Suspension and Steering
Fuel Pump AC Mechanical

Front:....Independent by coil springs and wishbones

Oil filter AC full flow

Rear:.... Independent by wishbone and trailing radius arm

Maximum power (net) 113bhp @ 6,500rpm Shock Absorbers
Maximum torque (net) 104lb ft @ 5,000rpm Front - Telescopic
Rear - Telescopic
Transmission Steering gear Rack and pinion
Clutch Borg & Beck 8.5in diagram spring Tyres 155HRX13 Radial Ply
Top gear 1.03:1 Rim Size 4 1/2 J
3rd gear 1.48:1 Wheels Lotus steel perforated bolt-on
2nd gear 2.26:1 Battery 12 volt negative earth
1st gear 3.61:1
Reverse 3.08:1 Performance
Final Drive 3.56:1 0-60mph 5.25 seconds
Mph at 1,000 rpm in: 0-100mph 23.3 seconds
Top gear 17.9 Maximum speed 117 mph
3rd gear 12.47 Fuel consumption 30mpg
2nd gear 8.17
1st gear 5.1

2S 130

Engine Chassis
Cylinders 4

Construction:...Backbone chassis with glass fibre reinforced plastic body

Bore and stroke 82.55mm X 72.7mm Brakes
Cubic capacity 1,558 cc Type 10 in. Servo-assisted Girling discs all round
Valves Twin ohc
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Carburettors Twin Stromberg 175 CPSE Suspension and Steering
Fuel Pump AC Mechanical

Front:....Independent by coil springs and wishbones

Oil filter AC full flow

Rear:.... Independent by wishbone and coil springs (Chapman Struts)

Maximum power (net) 113bhp @ 6,500rpm Shock Absorbers
Maximum torque (net) 104 lb ft @ 5,000rpm Front - Telescopic
Rear - Telescopic
Transmission Steering gear Rack and pinion
Clutch Borg & Beck 8in diagram spring Tyres 165HRX13 Radial Ply
Top gear 1.0:1 Rim Size 5 1/2 J
3rd gear 1.4:1 Wheels Lotus steel perforated knock-on
2nd gear 2.01:1 Battery 12 volt negative earth
1st gear 2.97:1
Reverse 3.325:1 Performance
Final Drive 3.777:1 0-60mph 7.4 seconds
Mph at 1,000 rpm in: 0-100mph 26.6 seconds
Top gear 17.8 Maximum speed 121 mph
3rd gear 12.7 Fuel consumption 30 mpg
2nd gear 8.9
1st gear 6.0

Elan Sprint

Engine Chassis
Cylinders 4

Construction:...Backbone chassis with glass fibre reinforced plastic body

Bore and stroke 82.55mm X 72.7mm Brakes
Cubic capacity 1,558 cc Type Servo-assisted Girling discs all round
Valves Twin ohc Dimensions 9.5 in diameter (front)
Compression ratio 9.5:1 10.0 in diameter (rear)
Carburettors Twin Stromberg 175 CPSE Suspension and Steering
Fuel Pump AC Mechanical

Front:....Independent by coil springs and wishbones

Oil filter AC full flow

Rear:.... Independent by wishbone and coil springs (Chapman Struts)

Maximum power (net) 113bhp @ 6,500rpm Shock Absorbers
Maximum torque (net) 104 lb ft @ 5,500rpm Front - Telescopic
Rear - Telescopic
Transmission Steering gear Rack and pinion
Clutch Borg & Beck 8in diagram spring Tyres 155HRX13 Radial Ply
Top gear 1.0:1 Rim Size 4 1/2 J
3rd gear 1.4:1 Wheels Lotus steel perforated knock-on
2nd gear 2.01:1 Battery 12 volt negative earth
1st gear 2.97:1
Reverse 3.325:1 Performance
Final Drive 3.777:1 0-60mph 7.0 seconds
Mph at 1,000 rpm in: 0-100mph 20.3 seconds
Top gear 17.4 Maximum speed 121 mph
3rd gear 12.4 Fuel consumption 32 mpg
2nd gear 8.7
1st gear 5.9
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"Sports Car" was always an imprecise phrase. Today, when so many sedan cars can safely exceed 100mph, you could argue that "sports car" has no meaning at all. If you ignore the Lotus, that is. But you can't ignore the Lotus if you are capable of creating and enjoying the sensations offered you by any Lotus road car; if you appreciate precision instruments; if you want to drive the most advanced, responsive and excitingly conceived road cars ever made; if you know the concepts, names and marques that established British track supremacy (and revolutionised racing cars). If you do know these things, you will need merely to test-drive a Lotus. It will spoil you for life. Because, while there are many delightful and attractive "GT", "Sports" and other descriptions of fast cars available to you, far too many seem merely sedans with seats missing. When you settle yourself behind the little wheel of a Lotus, you realise that here is a machine designed for a very definite purpose: the driver's pleasure. And however you describe the qualities needed to give that pleasure: sensitivity , response, nervosite, and so on - the Lotus has them. To the ultimate degree. And that is what the Legend of the Lotus is all about.

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Is modelSprint, Type 50, Type 45, Type 36 and Plus 2S 130