Coys Auction - The Spirit of Motor Cars
Berkshire SL5 7JX
Saturday 4th October 2008
Motor Cars at 15:00
The second Lotus Elan, released in 1989, was a technical tour de force and defined Lotus'''' ‘performance through light weight’ tradition. Its styling by Peter Stevens, who was also responsible for the redesign of the Lotus Esprit, was also sensational. Lotus Engineering had spent five years in tuning other cars and it put the knowledge from that into the new Elan, using a very rigid chassis to create a roadster as torsionally stiff as a coupé.
Its cornering ability was undeniable and on release the Elan was described by Autocar magazine as "the quickest point to point car available”. According to Lotus sales literature, "The ride and handling engineers at Lotus found that for a given vehicle weight, power and tyre size, a front wheel drive car was always faster over a given section of road”.