Key facts

1974 Lotus Elite 501 information summary

What body style?
fixed-head coupé with 2+2 seats
How long?
4460 mm
How heavy?
1060 kg
What size engine?
2 litre, 1973 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
144 PS / 142 bhp / 106 kW @ 6500 rpm
How much torque?
177 Nm / 131 ft.lb / 18 kgm @ 5000 rpm
How fast?
190 km/h, 118 mph

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1974 Lotus Elite 501 technical specifications

Introduction

Lotus Elite 501 is an automobile that has a 3 door coupé type body with a front mounted engine powering the rear wheels.
It is powered by a naturally aspirated engine of 2 litre capacity. This unit features double overhead camshaft valve gear, 4 cylinder layout, and 4 valves per cylinder. It produces 142 bhp (144 PS/106 kW) of power at 6500 rpm, and maximum torque of 177 N·m (131 lb·ft/18 kgm) at 5000 rpm.
This power is delivered to the wheels via a 5 speed manual gearbox.
Claimed kerb weight is 1060 kg.
Top stated speed is 190 km/h (118 mph).
1974 Lotus Elite 501 data
1974 Lotus Elite 501 data
bodywork
Body type2+2 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors3
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2480 97.6
Track/tread (front) 1490 58.7
Track/tread (rear) 1490 58.7
Length 4460 175.6
Width 1820 71.7
Height 1210 47.6
Ground clearance 140 5.5
length:wheelbase ratio 1.8
Kerb weight 1060 kg 2337 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 67 litres 14.7 UK Gal 17.7 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Lotus
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 2 litre
1973 cc
(120.4 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 95.2 × 69.3 mm
3.75 × 2.73 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.37
double overhead camshaft (DOHC)
4 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output
(DIN)
144 PS (142 bhp) (106 kW)
at 6500 rpm
Specific output
(DIN)
72 bhp/litre
1.18 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(DIN)
177 Nm (131 ft·lb) (18 kgm)
at 5000 rpm
Specific torque
(DIN)
89.71 Nm/litre
1.08 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump
compression ratio 8.4:1
Fuel system 2 Ze-St carbs
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1127.3 kPa (163.5 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 493.25 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 190 km/h (118 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 135.82 PS/g
99.9 kW/g
133.96 bhp/ton
0.06 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 10.01 kg/kW
16.72 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km
km per litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering rack & pinion
turns lock-to-lock 3.500
Turning circle 10.50 m
Front suspension I.W.CS.
Rear suspension I.W.CS.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R Di/Dr-S
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Gearbox 5 speed manual
Top gear ratio 0.80
Final drive ratio 4.10
general
Carfolio.com ID29953
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 22.5
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1974 Lotus Elite 501 added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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