Lotus

  • $1k built in England
  • 1957-1960
  • 40 HP 0.9L
  • 85 mph
Many race-spec examples easily exceeded this figure, but it’s not straight-line performance where the 7 excelled.
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It’s one of the most copied designs and many companies have made their own version.
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Road Tests Real world tests of the Lotus 7

0-60mph

Lotus 7
14.3 s
Atom V8 500
2.3 s

Top speed

Lotus 7
85 mph
Atom V8 500
170 mph
D8 GTO
158 mph

1/4 mile

Lotus 7
19.2 s
Atom V8 500
11.2 s

Data points Key details of the Lotus 7

Price

Lotus 7
$1k
Atom V8 500
$225k

Number built

Lotus 7
240 cars
D8 GTO
25 cars

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Lotus 7

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Its driver was pushed back, almost behind the rear axle, to make room for the engine.
The one-model race was intended for an “amateur constructor-tuner with limited resources.

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Lotus
Price $804
Type of car Race car
Year 1957-1960
Number built 240 cars

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 18.13 lb/hp
Maximum hp 40 HP @ 5,000 RPM
Maximum torque 58 ft-lb @ 2,600 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 948 cc
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 7:1
Bore/stroke 2.5 in / 3.64 in

physical dimensions

Curb weight 725 lb
Width 58.3 in
Height 43 in
Length 132 in
Front track width 48.5 in
Wheelbase 88 in

road tests

Top speed 85 mph
1/4 mile 19.2 s
0-60mph 14.3 s

transmission

Drivetrain Front Engine / RWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 3 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 3.66:1
  2. 2: 2.01:1
  3. 3: 1:1
Axle ratio 4.88:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 381/? 101
Rear wheels 381/? 101
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