The Lotus Elan 26R Is All About Momentum
Keep the speed up, and you'll be passing cars until the end of time.
The Lotus Elan is one of those classic race cars that rewards smart driving. Using finesse to carry as much speed through corners as possible is how it beats cars like the Shelby Cobra and Jaguar E-Type in historic racing events to this day. That's how the 26R, the racing variant of the little Elan, earned the nickname "Mongoose," because it was known for eating snakes.
Get it? Cobra? Mongoose? Do we have to spell it out more? Because we really can't.
Like all Lotuses, the 26R values low weight over power. In this spec, the 26R does make around 180 horsepower, which is a lot, but the homologated weight was just 1280 pounds. That's nothing.
As Dickie Meaden explains, the 26R requires commitment at speed to truly come alive. If your inputs aren't quick enough, you'll lose that precious momentum. Watch for yourself as he flings one around a circuit and explains exactly what you need to do to go fast.