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Lotus Seven

(1959 model)

Brief specs of 1959 Lotus Seven

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 1172 cm3 / 71.5 cu in / 71.5 cu in, 26.8 kW / 35.9 hp / 35.9 hp @ 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm, 70.0 N·m / 51.6 lb·ft / 51.6 lb·ft @ 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 124 km/h / 77 mph / 77 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)LotusIssued from1959
ModelSevenIssued until
SerieSevenNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerLotusCountryUK

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typedrophead coupé (convertible coupé)Number of seats2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length3404 mm / 134.0 in / 134.0 inTotal (curb) weight387 kg / 853 lb / 853 lb
Width1524 mm / 60.0 in / 60.0 inDry weight
Height940 mm / 37.0 in / 37.0 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2184 mm / 86.0 in / 86.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1181 mm / 46.5 in / 46.5 inTowing weight
Track rear1194 mm / 47.0 in / 47.0 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance127 mm / 5.0 in / 5.0 inFuel capacity32 l / 7.0 UK gal / 8.4 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.56  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.22 m2 / 13.1 sq ft / 13.1 sq ft (est.)
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 ManufacturerFordValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore63.5 mm / 2.50 in / 2.50 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke92.5 mm / 3.64 in / 3.64 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.69
Fuel supply1 Ze carbEngine displacement1172 cm3 / 71.5 cu in / 71.5 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity293.00 cm3/cylinder / 17.880 cu in/cylinder / 17.880 cu in/cylinder
Cam Designside valves (flathead, L-block, L-head)Compression ratio7.0 : 1
SumpMax. output power26.8 kW / 35.9 hp / 35.9 hp at 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque70.0 N·m / 51.6 lb·ft / 51.6 lb·ft at 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)3.6 kW / 4.8 hp / 4.8 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output22.9 kW/l / 0.503 bhp/cu in / 0.503 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque59.7 N·m/l / 0.52 lb·ft/cu in / 0.52 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears3
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1
  Final gear (drive) ratio4.8

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)11.50 s / 11.50 s / 11.50 sTop (maximal) speed124 km/h / 77 mph / 77 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio93.0 kW/ton / 70.5 bhp/ton / 70.5 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 springsSuspension rearLive axle, Coil springs
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontdrumBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailshydraulicBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Lotus Seven

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