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Lotus Europa Special

(1973 model)

Brief specs of 1973 Lotus Europa Special

2-door 2-seater fixed-head 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, 94.0 kW / 126.1 hp / 126.1 hp @ 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm, 153.0 N·m / 112.8 lb·ft / 112.8 lb·ft @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 204 km/h / 127 mph / 127 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)LotusIssued from1973
ModelEuropa SpecialIssued until
SerieEuropaNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerLotusCountryUK

Bodywork

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

Dimensions & Weight

Length3994 mm / 157.2 in / 157.2 inTotal (curb) weight711 kg / 1567 lb / 1567 lb
Width1638 mm / 64.5 in / 64.5 inDry weight
Height1067 mm / 42.0 in / 42.0 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2311 mm / 91.0 in / 91.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1359 mm / 53.5 in / 53.5 inTowing weight
Track rear1359 mm / 53.5 in / 53.5 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance152 mm / 6.0 in / 6.0 inFuel capacity57 l / 12.5 UK gal / 15.0 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.73  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)0.29Frontal area (A)1.49 m2 / 16.0 sq ft / 16.0 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)0.43 m2 / 4.6 sq ft / 4.6 sq ft (est.)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)10.7 kW / 14.4 hp / 14.4 hp (est.)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders4
Engine Typestraight (inline) 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 De 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 ratio10.3 : 1
SumpMax. output power94.0 kW / 126.1 hp / 126.1 hp at 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque153.0 N·m / 112.8 lb·ft / 112.8 lb·ft at 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)45.1 kW / 60.4 hp / 60.4 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output60.3 kW/l / 1.326 bhp/cu in / 1.326 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque98.2 N·m/l / 0.86 lb·ft/cu in / 0.86 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears5
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio0.87
  Final gear (drive) ratio3.77

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)4.80 s / 4.80 s / 4.80 sTop (maximal) speed204 km/h / 127 mph / 127 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)6.60 s / 6.60 s / 6.60 sPower-to-weight ratio177.2 kW/ton / 134.3 bhp/ton / 134.3 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/h7.20 s / 7.20 s / 7.20 sFuel 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 locationmiddleEngine alignmentlongitudinal
Steeringrack & pinionSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontIndependent, Coil springsSuspension rearIndependent, Coil springs
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontdiscBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsservo-assistedBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Lotus Europa Special

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