1962 Lotus Elan 1500

The Lotus Elan 1500 is a convertible/cabriolet with 2 doors and a front mounted engine which delivers its power to the rear wheels. It is powered by a naturally aspirated engine of 1.5 litre capacity. This unit features double overhead camshaft valve gear, 4 cylinder layout, and 2 valves per cylinder. It produces 100 bhp (101 PS/75 kW) of power at 5700 rpm, and maximum torque of 138 N·m (102 lb·ft/14.1 kgm) at 4500 rpm. Power is supplied to the wheels through a 4 speed manual transmission. Claimed kerb weight is 585 kg.

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1962 Lotus Elan 1500 information summary

What body style?
2 door convertible/cabriolet with 2 seats
How long?
3689 mm
How heavy?
585 kg
What size engine?
1.5 litre, 1499 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
101 PS / 100 bhp / 75 kW @ 5700 rpm
How much torque?
138 Nm / 102 ft.lb / 14.1 kgm @ 4500 rpm

Lotus Elan models

2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4M 1558 cm3 128 PS 126 bhp 94 kW 687 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4M 1558 cm3 106 PS 105 bhp 78 kW 688 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4M 1558 cm3 117 PS 115 bhp 86 kW 688 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4M 1558 cm3 117 PS 115 bhp 86 kW 696 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4M 1558 cm3 106 PS 105 bhp 78 kW 585 kg

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1962 Lotus Elan 1500 data
bodywork
Body type2 seater convertible/cabriolet
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2134 mm 84 inches
Track/tread (front) 1194 mm 47 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1194 mm 47 inches
Length 3689 mm 145.2 inches
Width 1422 mm 56 inches
Height 1105 mm 43.5 inches
Ground clearance 152 mm 6 inches
length:wheelbase ratio 1.73
Kerb weight 585 kg 1290 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 45.5 litres 10 UK Gal 12 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Ford
Engine code 116-E
Cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 1.5 litre
1499 cc
(91.475 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 81 × 72.7 mm
3.19 × 2.86 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.11
Valve gear double overhead camshaft (DOHC)
2 valves per cylinder
8 valves in total
maximum power output
(net)
101 PS (100 bhp) (75 kW)
at 5700 rpm
Specific output
(net)
66.7 bhp/litre
1.09 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(net)
138 Nm (102 ft·lb) (14.1 kgm)
at 4500 rpm
Specific torque
(net)
92.06 Nm/litre
1.11 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 9.5:1
Fuel system 2 We 40 DCOE carbs
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1156.9 kPa (167.8 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 374.75 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
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
Power-to-weight ratio 173.32 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
127.47 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
170.94 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.08 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 7.84 kg/kW
13.1 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km
km/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 2.500
Turning circle 8.90 m
Front suspension I.W.CS.
Rear suspension I.LW.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front 5.20-13
Tyres rear 5.20-13
Brakes F/R Di/Di
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area 2310 cm2
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 3.90
general
Carfolio.com ID94424
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 16.3
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1962 Lotus Elan 1500 added 2002-05-28.
Last modified 2013-02-28.