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Lotus Elite in 1974 of production (length 4458 mm, width 1816 mm, height 1194 mm, with two doors and four passenger seats) is the first model of Lotus, created as a road car. However, it was also useful for the creation on its base sports modifications. As would be expected from Colin Chapman, the device Elite was unusual, and body shape was significantly ahead of its time. Elite car body is almost completely produced from fiberglass, it was only a few amps of steel. On the same old machines glass-plastic trailer body has a spatial frame of pipes. Yet fiberglass trailer body not fully absorb external noise and vibration, and the car had some significant drawbacks. Lotus Elite Used for this model, Coventry Climax engine had several performances. The most popular was the 1.2-liter engine with 83 hp Suspension - completely independent, the brakes were in the form of disc. Elite car was easy, fast and economical, they have accurate steering and had a good holds the road. But for better marketing of it had to be more reliable and less expensive. Great 2-seater Bodystyle Sports sedan created Peter Kirwan-Taylor, a financier by profession. The cross-section of the car body is not allowed window is lowered down, the passengers were tormented from the heat of the operating engine. Glass could only be dismantled. Lotus Elite The first prototype of the company has shown in 1957, but production models began in early 1959 In 1962, there was car Pick Elan, it signed a death sentence for Elite. In general, the company released 988 copies of this model. While everyone liked the look, performance and handling car, it quickly gained a dubious reputation because of build quality and reliability. The high price of the car negatively affected on sales. The proposal to build a car with the new engine Lotus with two cam was turned down after making a single copy. Later the company claims that this model will never be profitable.

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