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Lotus Elan S3 SE

(1966 model)

Brief specs of 1966 Lotus Elan S3 SE

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, 85.8 kW / 115.1 hp / 115.1 hp @ 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm, 147.0 N·m / 108.4 lb·ft / 108.4 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 190 km/h / 118 mph / 118 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)LotusIssued from1966
ModelElan S3 SEIssued 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)3340 l / 117.95 cu ft / 117.95 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length3689 mm / 145.2 in / 145.2 inTotal (curb) weight696 kg / 1534 lb / 1534 lb
Width1422 mm / 56.0 in / 56.0 inDry weight
Height1175 mm / 46.3 in / 46.3 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)0.6Frontal area (A)1.42 m2 / 15.3 sq ft / 15.3 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)0.85 m2 / 9.2 sq ft / 9.2 sq ft (est.)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)21.2 kW / 28.4 hp / 28.4 hp (est.)

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 18 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 power85.8 kW / 115.1 hp / 115.1 hp at 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque147.0 N·m / 108.4 lb·ft / 108.4 lb·ft at 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)41.5 kW / 55.6 hp / 55.6 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output55.1 kW/l / 1.210 bhp/cu in / 1.210 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque94.3 N·m/l / 0.83 lb·ft/cu in / 0.83 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1
  Final gear (drive) ratio3.55

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed190 km/h / 118 mph / 118 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)7.60 s / 7.60 s / 7.60 sPower-to-weight ratio165.2 kW/ton / 125.2 bhp/ton / 125.2 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)26.50 s / 26.50 s / 26.50 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 circle9.8 m / 32.2 ft / 32.2 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, Wishbone (A-arm, control arm), Coil springs, Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB)Suspension rearIndependent, Lower wishbone
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front145 x 13Tyres rear145 x 13
Brakes frontdiscBrakes reardisc
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsservo-assistedBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Lotus Elan S3 SE

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