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Elite Driving Impressions in Hemmings

Driving Impression: 1960 Lotus Elite | Hemmings Daily

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Thanks for sharing, I'd love to drive one of these or an Elan myself to see what they're all about.

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I drove an Elan I restored for 20 yrs. (>100k miles) 170+hp, Spyder chassis & suspension, bigger frt brakes, etc.

You might well be shocked at how modern the Elan drives; it was pretty far ahead of its time.

Best steering response & feel ever. Elise is good too.

Good ride and excellent handling.

The drawbacks are that it's >40 yrs old and stuff breaks.

And, it's too narrow for outright grip, which is why many people add flares.

Narrowness is good on country roads and autocross.

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Drove an Elite too; a friend's. For a late 50s-early 60s car, it is a revelation...especially if you know what the typical car of that era drove like (mush).

The idea of embedding steel parts in the fiberglass tub was a bad one; no chassis = many problems with age.

Trust me, tho, the car is a true delight!

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Driving Tips-https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f100...art-1-a-49665/
Moss Emergency Line-https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f100...cy-line-36631/
Safely Piercing Wires-https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f129...esting-106438/
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I drove an Elite almost exactly like that one... same color (interior was red and black and grey though)

Here around Colorado, near where LOG 35 will be in August.

It was interesting.

The ZF transmission, shifted like a rifle bolt.

The tires are super skinny, with tall sidewalls. Low grip!

There is no chassis, just the fiberglass monocoque and some metal plates to hold the suspension and engine, so it was pretty flexy.

As you entered a corner, the body rolled heavily, and it felt like it was going to continue on tangentially, but the tires carried it around the corner without problems.

The gearing was pretty short! Made highway cruising seem scary.

Here's the one I drove.


I also got to drive this '60's Elan FHC S3 in the mountains, and I did prefer it to the earlier Elite.

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Oh, yeah, the Elan was a better car for sure.

But, both were ahead of their times.

BTW, my Elan would do >100 mph in 1/4 mile.

05 elise (BOE Rev300 supercharged, SSRs, shift tower mods, Multivex; HID hi/low beams); 05 Corolla XRS

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BTW, both cars above belonged to our new LT member @LOCO Ross

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That is v good. I just bought his book.

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Moss Emergency Line-https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f100...cy-line-36631/
Safely Piercing Wires-https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f129...esting-106438/
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He lost me at backbone chassis. How much reasearch would it have taken?

You know, originally, the Delorean was to have a fiberglass / foam sandwich chassis. I believe, whith molded in hard points for driveline and suspension mountings. Suposedly, Chapman talked him out of that.
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