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- Coveted Fifth Gear
- Posts: 3978
- Joined: 16 Sep 2003
- Location: Cheshire, UK.
Thanks to Tim for the story behind the only Elan to participate at LeMans. To bad the Elans did not enjoy the same great success achieved by the Lotus Eleven and the Elite at the great 24 hour race. So many high placements, class and index victories by those Coventry Climax powered Lotus cars. After the great Lotus 23 fiasco in 1962 Colin Chapman vowed to never return so perhaps that sealed the deal for no Elan success in the following years.
Thanks to Paul Tooms for adding his experiences. We've all enjoyed Paul's many amazing and entertaining YouTube videos. I'm always impressed by the amount of time that Paul and others spend in top gear at or near terminal velocity when racing at circuits like Spa....very impressive. Thruxton is frequently billed as the "Fastest Circuit in the UK"....it looks like a 2.4 mile oval with a couple of chicanes thrown in.
Plenty for straight or nearly straignt for reaching 8,500+ RPM.
- Second Gear
- Posts: 97
- Joined: 05 Jan 2015
- Location: USA
In 26-R5, fitted with a Hart 416B engine, I was able to hold 8000rpm consistently with a 4.1 diff ratio-on Avons-which was almost 140 mph according to my arithmetic at the time and also a 2.7 Carrera driver at Seattle (Long straight) or Westwood. One didn't think about the possibilities...
- Fourth Gear
- Posts: 640
- Joined: 02 Jul 2009
- Location: Vancouver, Canada
Frankly, it scared the life out of me. It is not mentioned above, so perhaps it was just me, but the car seemed to get very light at the front - I assumed because of aerodynamic lift. I really wouldn't have wanted to go any faster, even if the car did.
- Second Gear
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- Joined: 27 Mar 2011
- Location: Surrey, UK
more pictures on :
http://www.oldtimerweb.be/fotos-oldtime ... _6993.aspx
http://www.oldtimertips.be/pictures/det ... t=0&page=1
- Mike Spence
- Posts: 11
- Joined: 13 Nov 2010
Elan DHC Sprint
Shapecraft Honda powered S1(in progress)
Turbocharged 26R clone (also in progress)
Evora 400 development car ex Lotus Factory
- Third Gear
- Posts: 483
- Joined: 11 Sep 2003
- Location: Cardiff Wales
My children's school was just off center right. Satellite picture. I fondly remember a very rainy day doing a sponsored walk around the curcuit with a picnic break halfway round.
Not quite as good as watching the historic races or bikes but fun day none the less
- Fourth Gear
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- Location: Gosport sur la mer,South hants
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