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Lotus Elan S1

(1962 model)

Brief specs of 1962 Lotus Elan S1

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 1558 cm3 / 95.1 cu in / 95.1 cu in, 78.3 kW / 105.0 hp / 105.0 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 146.0 N·m / 107.7 lb·ft / 107.7 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 185 km/h / 115 mph / 115 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)LotusIssued from1962
ModelElan S1Issued 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)3020 l / 106.65 cu ft / 106.65 cu ftMax. 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)47.5 % / 47.5 % / 47.5 %
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 CodeTotal number of cylinders4
Engine Typestraight (inline) (Inline, 4 cylinder)Total number of valves8
Engine ManufacturerLotusValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore82.6 mm / 3.25 in / 3.25 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke72.8 mm / 2.86 in / 2.86 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.13
Fuel supply2 We 40 DCOE carbsEngine displacement1558 cm3 / 95.1 cu in / 95.1 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity389.50 cm3/cylinder / 23.769 cu in/cylinder / 23.769 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio9.5 : 1
SumpwetMax. output power78.3 kW / 105.0 hp / 105.0 hp at 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque146.0 N·m / 107.7 lb·ft / 107.7 lb·ft at 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)24.7 kW / 33.1 hp / 33.1 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output50.3 kW/l / 1.104 bhp/cu in / 1.104 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque93.7 N·m/l / 0.82 lb·ft/cu in / 0.82 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)6.40 s / 6.40 s / 6.40 sTop (maximal) speed185 km/h / 115 mph / 115 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)8.70 s / 8.70 s / 8.70 sPower-to-weight ratio179.5 kW/ton / 136.0 bhp/ton / 136.0 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)26.80 s / 26.80 s / 26.80 sFuel 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 front4.5 x 13Wheels rear4.5 x 13
Tyres front5.20-13Tyres rear5.20-13
Brakes frontdiscBrakes reardisc
Brake diameter front241 mm / 9.5 in / 9.5 inBrake diameter rear254 mm / 10.0 in / 10.0 in
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Lotus Elan S1

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