Here's the this weeks 'Car of the Week', the Lotus Europa. My Modelcar is the Special Version.
Between 1966 and 1975 'Lotus Cars' produced about 9300 Lotus Europa in Hethel, Norfolk, England.
It's a 2-door sports car coupe. Lotus founder Colin Chapman's philosophy of the automotive design was "Simplify, then add lightness" - And thats how the Europa looks like. The Europa was the first mid-engine mass-produced road car. Automotive writers described the handling very near to a Formula car for the road.
Sine December 1966 you were able to order the Series 1 or S1 Europa or Lotus Type 46, the first were delivered in France in February 1967. The engines, from a Renault 16, had 82 hp (61 kW) and needed 10 seconds for the run 0-100 kkmh / 0-60 mph. The top speed was around 180 kmh (110 mph) and only 644 were produced.
The Type 47 had 165 hp and was a modified track-version. There are no serious numbrs, but they built around 55 ones between 1966 and 1970.
The Series 2 or S2 Europa or Type 54 was introduced in the first quartal of 1968. Electric windows and a new interieur are some new gadgets of this model. There also were a few, about 200, modified to be exported to the US.
Between 1969 and 1970 they had a new Version, the Type 65 or S2 Federal to better comply with the US D.O.T standards. With one of those they reached the 100 kmh / 60 mph from zero in 9.6 seconds and a top speed of 187 kmh / 116 mph. About 3 615 S2 were produced.
Since 2006 the rebuilt the Europa and called it 'Europa S'. They have an 2 l turbo engine with 200 PS (197 bhp). They have a maximum speed around 230 kmh / 143 mph and need 5.8 seconds for 0-100 kmh / 0-60 mph. Since 2008 there's also the 'Europa SE' with 225 PS available.