Lotus Elite II Type 75-arrived to the classics

This slogan was declared Elite II in 1974. Back then, British shooting was more expensive than a Mercedes SL 450 convertible. Today it is much cheaper, but also much rarer!

Lotus Elite II Type 75

Lotus Elite is happy to communicate with the car from the workshop. The idea for the Elite was simple: assemble a lightweight body and equip it with an oversized engine. According to CEPiK, we do not have a registered Elite II.

Colin Chapman was not only a great engineer who combined his knowledge of automotive engineering and aerodynamics. He was also a true visionary. He knew that the super sports cars that HYS company is famous for the fact that it will be difficult to keep in the future.

Lotus 1974

The first flight of the M50

It was completed in late 1972. More than £ 750,000 had already been spent on the project, and Chapman decided that he should continue and develop the production technology. Unfortunately, due to the energy crisis, this process suddenly expanded, since due to power outages in the factories, work could only be carried out three days a week. Lotus subcontractors who made small or large parts for the company also faced similar problems. It was originally planned to start sales in March 1974, but this was prevented by too few cars produced. Finally, sales started in may

Lotus was known for building very light vehicles. As with the company’s other models, the fiberglass and resin body was applied to a steel center frame (which was derived from the Europa and Elan models). Interestingly, the line running through the sides of the car is the place where the two halves of the plastic case were connected. To disguise them, a decorative sticker or strip was put on at the Lotus factory in a hotel near Norwich, UK. Since Chapman envisioned selling a large number of cars in the States, Elite was immediately prepared to meet strict safety standards, hence, among other things, the large black bumpers in the profiles and body of the car providing left-hand-side Assembly. The car also passed crash tests.

The Idea Of Elites

Assemble a light body and equip it with an oversized engine. Thanks to the lightweight, the performance will be decent, and the combustion will be at a reasonable level (which was very important during the crisis). The driving force of the Elite II engine with the designation ” 907 ” is the Lotus design, but it was also installed in Jensen-Healy. Two-liter aluminum unit with a 16-valve head and two overhead camshafts, developing power from 150 to 157 HP (depending on the market). The power supply system had two carburetors, and in the ignition device, instead of the classic finger and dome, the optical module was responsible for distributing current to individual candles. Due to the complex design and a large amount of work involved in the production, the Lotus Elite II was the most expensive car in the world with a 4-cylinder engine at the time of its premiere. In terms of performance, however, the shame didn’t come: The type 75 (that is, the Elite II before 1980) with a 5-speed manual transmission, accelerated to 205 km / h and reached “hundreds” in 8 s. The burn was not the lowest – 14,100 km – this is not a tragedy, but, of course, not a reason for pride.

The car was produced in 4 specifications: the base 501, equipped with 502 air conditioners, 503 with power and air conditioning, and the top with climate, power, and automatic transmission 504. This is the equipment of Lukasz Grabczak’s car from Nowy Sącz. , The elite was bought in agony, the condition is not for riding, although mostly complete. Retromania workshop of retro cars lasted almost a year, which, given the complex design and very modest documentation, should be considered a great success.

Especially since, on the one hand, in the 70s, Lotus boasted of fully electronic control of engine machining or frame manufacturing, and on the other-during repairs in a closed profile, in which the drive shaft is located (available only after the separation of the fiberglass body). and metal frame) was found cotton fabric, which should have been found there at the production stage. During the renovation, there were more mysteries.

On the original Lotus nameplate, it was recommended to fill the transmission with regular transmission oil, despite the fact that Mr. Lukash’s car was equipped with an” automatic ” – there were few copies, so probably no one bothered to etch the new nameplates. for the version with automatic transmissions. Some of the surprises during the repair were also the result of unsuccessful – if not ineffective-attempts to fix the car, it is not known whether it is still in the UK or in Poland.

How is the Lotus Elite II Type 75 updated today? The “automatic” version is a real gran Turismo, focused more on a pleasant journey than on a headbutt – it is known that the 3-speed transmission “devours” an indefinite part of the power, this equipped car is the heaviest option (weighing). ). about 1100 kg). But a strong pressure on the gas causes a corresponding reaction, and then you can feel the spirit of Lotus-a company that began with the construction of sports cars.

And since you are sitting properly on the street, you don’t need to drive at a particularly high speed to feel like driving a car that is, however, a bit elite. In a soft interior, where everything is covered with velour, it is impossible to feel bad (alternatively, buyers can also choose leather). We also expected the Elite to be louder, but even at high speeds, you can speak normally. According to Chapman’s plan, the car was supposed to be with 4 passengers, but the rear seats would be the most comfortable for children, while the tilted position could make the little ones travel several kilometers … fell asleep.

Travelers with this car should get used to one inconvenience – the low front spoiler is not the lowest part of the car. When you look at the bottom, you can clearly see that because of the frame design, the exhaust pipe was directed even lower, so entering the curb or crossing the deceleration threshold requires patience and experience so that nothing is damaged.

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