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Lanchester Sprite

(1955 model)

Brief specs of 1955 Lanchester Sprite

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1622 cm3 / 99.0 cu in / 99.0 cu in, 44.7 kW / 59.9 hp / 59.9 hp @ 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm, automatic 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)LanchesterIssued from1955
ModelSpriteIssued until
SerieSpriteNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerLanchesterCountryUK

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors4
Bodywork typesedan (saloon)Number of seats5
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4370 mm / 172.0 in / 172.0 inTotal (curb) weight1220 kg / 2690 lb / 2690 lb
Width1695 mm / 66.7 in / 66.7 inDry weight
HeightLoad capacity
Wheelbase2540 mm / 100.0 in / 100.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track frontTowing weight
Track rearWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearanceFuel capacity
Length/wheelbase ratio1.72  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders4
Engine Typestraight (inline) Total number of valves8
Engine ManufacturerMorrisValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore76.2 mm / 3.00 in / 3.00 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke88.9 mm / 3.50 in / 3.50 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.86
Fuel supply1 Ze carbEngine displacement1622 cm3 / 99.0 cu in / 99.0 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity405.50 cm3/cylinder / 24.745 cu in/cylinder / 24.745 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio7.0 : 1
SumpMax. output power44.7 kW / 59.9 hp / 59.9 hp at 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque at
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)17.9 kW / 24.0 hp / 24.0 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output27.6 kW/l / 0.606 bhp/cu in / 0.606 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque

Transmission

Transmission typeautomaticNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1
  Final gear (drive) ratio4.44

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio49.2 kW/ton / 37.3 bhp/ton / 37.3 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignment
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontIndependent, Coil springsSuspension rearLive axle, Semi-elliptic leaf springs
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontBrakes rear
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Lanchester Sprite

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