2002 Lotus Elise Type 72


2002 Lotus Elise Type 72

2002 Lotus Elise Type 72

First raced in 1970 the Lotus Type 72 set the architecture for all modern day Formula 1 cars, pioneering the use of side mounted radiators and a front wedge nose cone which gave significant aerodynamic advantages. The Type 72 is arguably the most successful & recognised racing car in the history of Formula 1, with twenty World Championship race wins, three Formula 1 Constructors Championships (1970, ’72 and 1973) and two Drivers World Championships (the first being won by Jochen Rindt, posthumously, in 1970, and the second by Emerson Fittipaldi in 1972). In 1972 the cars featured the famous and easily recognisable Black and Gold Livery.

The Elise Type 72 shares many of the key strengths that made the Type 72 so successful, such as a lightweight aluminium chassis, GRP body and of course the world beating Lotus ride and handling.

With such close links it was an obvious source of inspiration for the first of the Heritage Collection Series. The Elise Type 72 reflects the racing heritage of the Type 72 with the Black and Gold livery. The two gold heritage laurels, proudly displayed on either side of the metallic Starlight Black bodywork, mimic those placed on the rear wing of the Type 72 commemorating every race victory, while the new gold coloured wheels give the perfect finish to the exterior. The Black and Gold livery does not stop with the exterior, but carries over to the interior with effective use of golden Alcantara on the seat cushions, steering wheel centre and door panels. The heritage theme is continued with gold heritage laurels embroidered in the centre of each headrest and an exclusive Heritage Identification Plate, based on the design of the chassis plates of the Lotus Formula 1 cars, mounted on the dash board.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine Aluminum Inline-4
position Mid Transverse
aspiration Natural
valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement 1796 cc / 109.6 in³
bore 80 mm / 3.15 in
stroke 89.3 mm / 3.52 in
power 89.5 kw / 120.0 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output 66.82 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 158.73 bhp per tonne
torque 168.12 nm / 124.0 ft lbs @ 3500-4500 rpm
body / frame Composite Body Panels Over Aluminum Spaceframe Structure
front tires 175/55 R16
rear tires 225/45 R166
front brakes Vented Discs
f brake size x 282 mm / x 11.1 in
rear brakes Vented Discs
r brake size x 282 mm / x 11.1 in
front wheels F 40.6 x 14.0 cm / 16.0 x 5.5 in
rear wheels R 43.2 x 19.0 cm / 17.0 x 7.5 in
steering Unassisted Rack & Pinion
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs over monotube Bilstein Dampers
r suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs over monotube Bilstein Dampers
curb weight 756 kg / 1667 lbs
wheelbase 2300 mm / 90.6 in
front track 1457 mm / 57.4 in
rear track 1503 mm / 59.2 in
length 3785 mm / 149.0 in
width 1719 mm / 67.7 in
height 1143 mm / 45.0 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios 2.923:1, 1.750:1, 1.307:1, 1.033:1, 0.848:1, :1
final drive 4.20:1
top speed ~201.2 kph / 125.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~5.7 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~17.2 seconds