Lotus Elite Technical

Technical articles on the Lotus Elite Type 14. 

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Elite Aerodynamics

Written by Dennis Ortenburger.

"There is no need to question the efficiency of the Elite’s aerodynamics. One only has to remove the side window and motor along at speed. Turbulence inside the cabin is virtually nil, especially if there is no outside mirror to disrupt the air flow. Which raises the question of just how good is the coefficient of drag? In the early days at Lotus cd was calculated on the basis of frontal area. Colin Chapman reckoned the cd to be 0.29 while Frank Costin figured it to be 0.30. Both were exceptionally low numbers unheard of in automobiles of the time. The pictures of the Elite with wool tufts clearly shows how well attached is the."

Complete article published in Dennis Ortenburger's Lotus Elite Journal  Vol.1 No.1 (Copyright and all rights reserved for the newsletters and their content, Dennis Ortenburger.)

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Elite Paint Colors

Written by Dennis Ortenburger.

 

Elite Colors - "Much has been written about the colors applied to Lotus Elites during the car’s production run and most of the stories, if not all, are probably true. The Works was keen to satisfy customers and would paint their car to suit. It was only late in production that brochures and price lists gave the standard offerings at the time; white, red and yellow."

Complete article published in Dennis Ortenburger's Lotus Elite Journal  Vol.1 No.1 (Copyright and all rights reserved for the newsletters and their content, Dennis Ortenburger.)


 

Green & Yellow - "Quite why the Lotus Elite was seen as a palette for racing stripes is unknown. It was, arguably, the most striped car of all time, although if you include Cobra and Cobra replicas the Elite would fall to second place. A future issue of Lotus Elite Journal will  nclude a color photo essay of many of the Elite striping combinations but for now we’ll only look at the most popular. That being yellow over green. "

Complete article published in Dennis Ortenburger's Lotus Elite Journal  Vol.1 No.1 (Copyright and all rights reserved for the newsletters and their content, Dennis Ortenburger.)

 


 

 Racing Stripes - "For some unexplained reason the Lotus Elite was seen as the perfect canvas for the application of racing stripes. It was also, arguably, the most frequently striped car of all time. Some might insist this distinction has to be shared with the modern day Cobra and its replicas but the Elite was most certainly the first. Quite why the Lotus Elite was seen as a palette for racing stripes is unknown. It was, arguably, the most striped car of all time, although if you include Cobra and Cobra replicas the Elite would fall to second place. A future issue of Lotus Elite Journal will  nclude a color photo essay of many of the Elite striping combinations but for now we’ll only look at the most popular. That being yellow over green. "

Complete article published in Dennis Ortenburger's Lotus Elite Journal Vol.1 No.2 (Copyright and all rights reserved for the newsletters and their content, Dennis Ortenburger.)


 

Nose Jobs - Photo essay of Elite nose paint schemes. 

Complete article published in Dennis Ortenburger's Lotus Elite Journal Vol.2 No.3 (Copyright and all rights reserved for the newsletters and their content, Dennis Ortenburger.)

 

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Elite Parts List 1

Written by David Blacklidge.

 

As transcribed from the original document.

 

                           ELECTRICAL· EQUIPMENT                                                   

                                                                                  Part No:

Ameter                   Model CZU 60                                  36289A

Battery                   Model FRV9A

Bulbholders, Panel Light                                                  554734
            " " "  (insulated return)                                           863511
           Bulb                                                                             987

Coil, Ignition.            Model HA12                                   45102E

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Lotus Elite Differential Box Repair

Written by Jess Marker.

Originally published in Club Elite Newsletter Issue 1 (Dec 14, 2005)

 My Elite, #1312 has had an annoying “thump” or “clunk” emanating from the differential area since we bought the car in 1999. Lots of time and effort, not to mention money has gone into eliminating it. It occurred usually when shifting and also when crossing bumps, such as railroad tracks or just plain potholes. We had over the last 5 years made it a major point of inspection during our prep sessions for doing the Copperstate 1000. We had, among other things, changed the rubber cones at the top of the springs, changed the springs, changed the rubber differential bushings, and tightened up everything we could think of. It also had an annoying throttle steer that occurred when you let off on the throttle, it would move the rear end to the left, and reapplication would twitch it back to the right. It was very unnerving when taking a corner.

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Installing Elite PL700 Headlights and “Euro” Headlight Rims

Written by Greg Paris.

Orginally published in Club Elite Newsletter Issue 32 (March 2012)

If you’ll remember, last time I told you I’d like to treat #1146 to some of those sexy PL700 Lucas headlights and contoured headlight rims I’d seen on Super 95/100/105s and so many “glamour” Elites.  Well, I did it this month.  It wasn’t too bad a job and the parts were still available…with some digging.  Again, I thought this would be a 30 minute job, but so far, true to form, it wasn’t.