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Lotus Elan 1500

(1962 model)

Brief specs of 1962 Lotus Elan 1500

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 1499 cm3 / 91.5 cu in / 91.5 cu in, 74.6 kW / 100.0 hp / 100.0 hp @ 5700 rpm / 5700 rpm / 5700 rpm, 138.0 N·m / 101.8 lb·ft / 101.8 lb·ft @ 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)LotusIssued from1962
ModelElan 1500Issued until
SerieElanNumber 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

Length3689 mm / 145.2 in / 145.2 inTotal (curb) weight585 kg / 1290 lb / 1290 lb
Width1422 mm / 56.0 in / 56.0 inDry weight
Height1105 mm / 43.5 in / 43.5 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2134 mm / 84.0 in / 84.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1194 mm / 47.0 in / 47.0 inTowing weight
Track rear1194 mm / 47.0 in / 47.0 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance152 mm / 6.0 in / 6.0 inFuel capacity46 l / 10.0 UK gal / 12.0 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.73  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.34 m2 / 14.4 sq ft / 14.4 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine Code116-ETotal number of cylinders4
Engine Typestraight (inline) Total number of valves8
Engine ManufacturerFordValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore81.0 mm / 3.19 in / 3.19 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke72.7 mm / 2.86 in / 2.86 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.11
Fuel supply2 We 40 DCOE carbsEngine displacement1499 cm3 / 91.5 cu in / 91.5 cu in
Engine Main bearings5Unitary capacity374.75 cm3/cylinder / 22.869 cu in/cylinder / 22.869 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio9.5 : 1
SumpwetMax. output power74.6 kW / 100.0 hp / 100.0 hp at 5700 rpm / 5700 rpm / 5700 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque138.0 N·m / 101.8 lb·ft / 101.8 lb·ft at 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)29.8 kW / 40.0 hp / 40.0 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output49.8 kW/l / 1.094 bhp/cu in / 1.094 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque92.1 N·m/l / 0.81 lb·ft/cu in / 0.81 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1
  Final gear (drive) ratio3.9

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio170.9 kW/ton / 129.5 bhp/ton / 129.5 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
Steeringrack & pinionSteering details
Turns lock-to-lock2.5Turning circle8.9 m / 29.2 ft / 29.2 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, Wishbone (A-arm, control arm), Coil springsSuspension rearIndependent, Lower wishbone
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front5.20-13Tyres rear5.20-13
Brakes frontdiscBrakes reardisc
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Lotus Elan 1500

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