Lotus Seven
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Lotus
Model: Seven
Lotus Seven

The Lotus Seven was launched in 1957, after the Lotus Eleven was in limited production. The Lotus Seven was a small, simple, lightweight two-seater open-top sports car produced by Lotus Cars, which was originally known as Lotus Engineering. Production lasted until 1972. It was designed by Lotus founder Colin Chapman and has been considered the embodiment of the Lotus philosophy of performance through low weight and simplicity. This philosophy has allowed Lotus to build beautiful and fast cars without needing tons of equipment under the hood. The original model was highly successful with more than 2,500 cars sold, due to its attraction as a road legal car that could be used for club racing. After Lotus ended production of the Seven, Caterham bought the rights to it, and today make both kits and fully assembled cars. The Seven's top speed greatly depended upon the body configuration, engine power and gearing. Early models with low-powered engines had difficulty exceeding 90 mph, although a race-prepared Seven could reach 127 mph. Brausch Niemann cocked this record through a speed trap at the 1962 Natal Grand Prix. In addition, clamshell style wings tend to create drag and generate lift at higher speeds. Cycle guards were installed to help alleviate this tendency. Based on the first series produced by Lotus, the Lotus 6, it was powered by a 40 bhp Ford Side-valve 1,172 cc engine. It was mainly for lower budget club racing on short tracks though. It had a front engine and rear drive like most cars of its time, with a tubular steel frame with stressed skin aluminum bodywork. The body panels were flat to avoid the expense of more elaborate aluminum bodywork. The nose and wheel arches were thin colored fiberglass. Often neither the body nor the arches were painted. This was truly in line with the Lotus Philosophy of simplicity.

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