Lotus Europa S2, 1971
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Lotus Europa S2, 1971

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Lotus Europa S2, year 1971. Colour white combined with a black interior. This type 54 Lotus ‘Europe’ was sold new in Belgium. Recently (about a year and 1500 kilometres ago) the car was fully restored and overhauled to perfection! This rare sporting machine is in superb top condition, concours! This is understated, this car was rebuilt to a very high level of perfection, the car feels very solid and is completely free of rattles. The driving experience is 100% Lotus; swift, agile and super sporty! In case of the Europa comfort is not too spartan. The car is physically very low which adds greatly to the impression of speed. The Lotus is powered by a Renault 1647 cc four-cylinder engine aspirated by two twin-choke Weber carburettors. The engine delivers a healthy 110 horsepower which is more than enough to catapult the 660 kilogrammes light car to a top speed of 185 km/h (115 mph). In total 9230 Lotus Europa cars of the models S1 and S2 have been built. 4260 cars were powered by the Renault engine. This Lotus Europa S2 sports a wonderful wooden dashboard and a glass sunroof.
It will be very hard to impossible to find a better example!


Imparts 1908 S2

The Lotus Europa / Europe was the first mid-engined raod car built by Lotus. The Europa was originally built in cooperation with Renault. The Lotus Europa incorporated many parts of the Renault 16 like the engine and the transmission. The Lotus Europa was built with a steel chassis on which a GRP bodywork was placed. In thje S1 model 1967 - 1969 the body was fixed to the chassis, in the S2 models 1969 - 1971 the body was detachable from the chassis. The Renault 16 engine was mounted just behind the back of the driver leaving some space above the gearbox for some luggage. Also in the fron a small luggage compartment was provided. The lotus Europa is a true Lotus; the ride and handling was and is absolutely on on the highest level of sports performance. In 1972 The Lotaus Europa S2 was succeeded by the Europa Twin-Cam and in 1973 by the Twin-Cam Special. The Twin Cam boasted a 105 bhp Ford-Lotus engine and the Special was fitted with a 'big valve' unit delivering a healthy 126 bhp from 1558 cc cylinder displacement. A desirable and practical Lotus sports car!

Technical data

Four-cylinder in line engine (DOHC) from Renault 16 TX
cylinder capacity: 1647 cc.
induction: 2 twin-choke Weber carburettors
capacity: 110 bhp at 6000 rpm.
torque: 130 Nm at 5000 rpm
top-speed: 185 km/h - 115 mph.
acceleration 0-100 km/h: 7.5 sec.
transmission: 4-speed manual gearbox
brakes: disc brakes front, drum brakes rear
weight: 660 kg.

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