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Elan Sprint Brochure

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The Lotus Elan has always set standards that other sports car manufacturers have tried to match. The New Lotus Elan Sprint gives performance hard to obtain even in cars costing twice the price with engines double the size. This is the result of using the latest Big-Valve version of the Lotus twin-cam engine. Colin Chapman's designer have successfully combined this performance with the already legendary handling, road-holding and braking characteristics of the Elan to provide what must be one of the fastest and safest sports cars in the world today.

Each Elan Sprint body is individually hand-moulded in glass-fibre reinforced plastic. This material is ideal for the exciting style of the Elan Sprint and of course is completely unaffected by corrosion and is less expensive to repair following minor accidents as damage remains localised to the area of impact.

Tremendous reserves of safety are built into the Sprint to complement the performance. The car is perfectly balanced and the race-proved suspension principles ensure perfect handling and road holding. Servo assisted disc brakes can bring the car to a standstill from 100 mph in around five seconds, whilst swift acceleration, an important safety factor, is instantly available throughout the speed range. All these qualities five the car primary safety - the ability to avoid accidents caused by other people's mistakes or the driver's own errors of judgment. Secondary safety is provided by the impact cushioning properties of the body; the immensely strong welded steel backbone chassis which is fully rust-proofed; the facia which has a crash pad and no damaging protrusions and lap and diagonal seat belts. Other safety features include burst-proof locks, a laminated windscreen and safety glass. {clear}

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The Elan Sprint is available in two specifications. The stylish Fixed-head Coupe and, for lovers of open-air motoring, the Drop-head coupe. the Drop-head has a folding top which is easy to erect and dismantle and which folds neatly under a quarter tonneau when not in use. when in position the hood fits snugly without draughts and leaks.

The interior of the Elan sprint is built for comfort: the contoured seats are adjustable to suit large and small drivers alike and hold them firmly in place through fast corners. A tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge and water temperature and oil pressure gauge set in a fine teak veneer facia instantly give the driver the information he needs. Standard equipment includes a leather-rim wheel, steering lock, cigar lighter, air horns, wheel rimbellishers, servo-assisted brakes, two-speed wipers and electric washers. The vacuum-operated retractable light which fold into the body when not in use come up flashing. A very efficient heater and demister warms the car on the coldest winter day and the Lotus air-flow ventilation keeps the occupants fresh. The electrically operated windows glide up and down at the touch of a button. Doors are doubly sealed against draughts and rainwater, close without slamming and open wide for ease of entry and exit. The fully carpeted boot provides ample luggage space for the driver and his companion. Further storage space is available behind the seats and in the glove compartment.

Whether you choose a Fixed head Coupe or Drop-head Coupe, the ease of control, the fabulous road holding, the terrific acceleration, the comfortable ride and seating position, all combine to make the Elan Sprint an exhilarating car to drive. The Elan Sprint is motoring at its best. Drive it, then reappraise the standards by which you judge and assess ordinary cars.

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The new Big-Valve version of the famous Lotus twin overhead-camshaft engine produces 126 bhp, in the Elan Sprint. This engine, which in racing form produces over 200 bhp, also benefits from a considerable increase in torque making hr engine smoother than its predecessors. Twin Weber 40 DCOE carburetors are used. Drive to the rear wheels is through a semi-close ratio, all-synchromesh four-speed and reverse gearbox and 3.77:1 differential. Drive shaft couplings of the latest design eliminate surge, while cushioning the drivetrain and assisting the handling and adhesion in all road conditions.

Technical Specifications

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 10.3:1 10.0 in diameter (rear)
Carburettors Twin Weber 40 DCOE 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) 126bhp @ 6,500rpm Shock Absorbers
Maximum torque (net) 113 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 6.7 seconds
Mph at 1,000 rpm in: 0-100mph 20.3 seconds
Top gear 17.5 Maximum speed 121 mph
3rd gear 12.4 Fuel consumption 30.5mpg
2nd gear 8.7
1st gear 5.9

Lotus specifications vary to meet legislation in different markets. We reserve the right to change specifications without prior notice.