1964→1966 Lotus Elan 26R

 1964→1966 Lotus Elan 26R

In 1964 Lotus prepared a racing version of their potent Elan for privateer teams. Many of the modifications reduced the weight of the car which greatly increased its performance potential.

Ian Walker was one of the main teams that campaigned the 26R throughout Europe. They were very successful at defeating the Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ and other cars in the 1.6-liter class.

In preparation for the 26R, Lotus took an undelivered car and send it to Lotus Components to be outfitted with competition pieces. As such the original factory 26R cars do not have a standard serial number nor a shipping date from Lotus Cars.

In preparation for racing Lotus Components had a fully-rose jointed suspension, lightweight fiberglass panels and a BRM-built engine that was capable of 180 bhp.

Some of the top Grand Prix drivers of the day drove Elans including Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Jochen Rindt, Stirling Moss and Jackie Oliver.

1964→1966 Lotus Elan 26R

In Detail

typeRacing Car
production years1964 – 1966
built atEngland
engineLotus 2731E Inline-4
positionFront, Longitudinal
ignitionLucas 25D4 Distributor
block materialCast-Iron w/Aluminum Cylinder Head
valvetrainChain Driven DOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed2 Weber DCOE/2 Sidedraft Careburettors
displacement1588 cc / 96.91 in³
bore82.6 mm / 3.3 in
stroke72.8 mm / 2.9 in
body / frameMonocoque Fiberglass Body over Pressed Steel Chassis
driven wheelsRWD
wheel typeKnock-off Steel Discs
front tires5.20-13 Dunlop SP 41
rear tires5.20-13 Dunlop SP 41
front brakesGirling Discs
rear brakesGirling Discs
front wheelsF 33.0 x 11.4 cm / 13 x 4.5 in
rear wheelsR 33.0 x 11.4 cm / 13 x 4.5 in
steeringTriumph Rack & Pinion
f suspensionWishbones w/Coil Springs, Anti-Sway Bar
r suspensionHalf Shafts w/Lateral Link, Coil Springs, Anti-Sway Bar
curb weight600 kg / 1323 lbs
weight distro48 % / 52 %
wheelbase2133 mm / 84 in
front track1193 mm / 47 in
rear track1193 mm / 47 in
length3683 mm / 145 in
width1422 mm / 56 in
height1168 mm / 46 in
transmissionFord 4-Speed Manual
tran clutch8.5-Inch Dry Plate
gear ratios2.92:1, 2.51:1, 1.64:1, 1.00:1
fuel capacity45.42 litres or 12 gal.