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Lotus Elite

(1959 model)

Brief specs of 1959 Lotus Elite

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 1216 cm3 / 74.2 cu in / 74.2 cu in, 52.9 kW / 70.9 hp / 70.9 hp @ 6100 rpm / 6100 rpm / 6100 rpm, 104.0 N·m / 76.7 lb·ft / 76.7 lb·ft @ 3750 rpm / 3750 rpm / 3750 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 180 km/h / 112 mph / 112 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)LotusIssued from1959
ModelEliteIssued until
SerieEliteNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerLotusCountryUK

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typefixed-head coupéNumber of seats2
Bodywork designerPeter Kirwan-TaylorCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length3708 mm / 146.0 in / 146.0 inTotal (curb) weight506 kg / 1116 lb / 1116 lb
Width1505 mm / 59.3 in / 59.3 inDry weight
Height1181 mm / 46.5 in / 46.5 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2235 mm / 88.0 in / 88.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1194 mm / 47.0 in / 47.0 inTowing weight
Track rear1321 mm / 52.0 in / 52.0 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance165 mm / 6.5 in / 6.5 inFuel capacity30 l / 6.5 UK gal / 7.8 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.66  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)0.29Frontal area (A)1.51 m2 / 16.3 sq ft / 16.3 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)0.44 m2 / 4.7 sq ft / 4.7 sq ft (est.)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)10.9 kW / 14.6 hp / 14.6 hp (est.)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders4
Engine Typestraight (inline) Total number of valves8
Engine ManufacturerCoventry-ClimaxValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore76.2 mm / 3.00 in / 3.00 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke66.7 mm / 2.62 in / 2.62 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.14
Fuel supply1 SU carbEngine displacement1216 cm3 / 74.2 cu in / 74.2 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity304.00 cm3/cylinder / 18.551 cu in/cylinder / 18.551 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignSOHC (single overhead camshaft)Compression ratio10.0 : 1
SumpMax. output power52.9 kW / 70.9 hp / 70.9 hp at 6100 rpm / 6100 rpm / 6100 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque104.0 N·m / 76.7 lb·ft / 76.7 lb·ft at 3750 rpm / 3750 rpm / 3750 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)20.9 kW / 28.1 hp / 28.1 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output43.5 kW/l / 0.956 bhp/cu in / 0.956 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque85.5 N·m/l / 0.75 lb·ft/cu in / 0.75 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1
  Final gear (drive) ratio

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)8.00 s / 8.00 s / 8.00 sTop (maximal) speed180 km/h / 112 mph / 112 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)11.40 s / 11.40 s / 11.40 sPower-to-weight ratio140.3 kW/ton / 106.3 bhp/ton / 106.3 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 alignmentlongitudinal
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontIndependent, Coil springs, Wishbone (A-arm, control arm)Suspension rearIndependent,ChapmanStrut, Coil springs
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontBrakes rear
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Lotus Elite

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