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My daily drivers for past several years have been, MG TC, TD a Magnette and a MGB so I have the British car driving experience, just no Lotus.....yet.

How difficult is it to find a Gordini head? and how much would it improve the Renualt engine??
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We owned our Europa twice. A great life experience, each time. Loved it like no other car.

Every time I got in that wonderful perfect interior, I felt like I had never driven a manual in my life. Pulling off smoothly in front of people reminded me of High School. Laying in the floorboards to work under the dash (fashia panel) is something everyone should experience. A couple of times I really wondered if I would get out or be found there starved and shriveled.

It was comforting in traffic to know that in a collision my body would collapse to protect the chassis.

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We owned our Europa twice. A great life experience, each time. Loved it like no other car.

Every time I got in that wonderful perfect interior, I felt like I had never driven a manual in my life. Pulling off smoothly in front of people reminded me of High School. Laying in the floorboards to work under the dash (fashia panel) is something everyone should experience. A couple of times I really wondered if I would get out or be found there starved and shriveled.

It was comforting in traffic to know that in a collision my body would collapse to protect the chassis.

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Every time I got in that wonderful perfect interior, I felt like I had never driven a manual in my life. Pulling off smoothly in front of people reminded me of High School. Laying in the floorboards to work under the dash (fashia panel) is something everyone should experience. A couple of times I really wondered if I would get out or be found there starved and shriveled.

It was comforting in traffic to know that in a collision my body would collapse to protect the chassis.

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Damn the $$; your car is so cool! The Zetec always reminds me of a BDA, and your car has to scoot, with the power plant! I always loose $$ on project builds, but can't seem to stop, just too much fun dreaming up, and solving problems. Super cool car!!!
Sold the Europa 4 or 5 years ago......it got exported to Japan. Was pulling about 250 hp.....it was a BEAST !!!
 

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Twin cam! Parts are more abundant.

The federal wedge engine Renault 1565cc are a little more difficult to find parts for .

Third , a modified 843 hemi head engine . Needs cam rework.

Lastly a Ford Focus motor but that needs a twin cam bellhousing

A lot of information on lotuseuropa.org
Glad your interested in a Europa.
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I hope someone is reading this thread since it has been nearly two years since the last post. I have a 1972 Europa S2 with the Renault engine. Where can I get the cross flow hemi head Gordini engine or at least the head?
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This is a very good question in deed, this is the major problem with this engine, and also the cam. Of course, you can maybe find head from Renault Fuego, but probably the valves are slightly smaller, and cam wise, you need to find something or a regrind. And the effect of the shorter cam... don’t remember...

Did you ask to mecaparts in France? Maybe with a email?! Service from France is sometimes pain, and I speak French... lotus specialist in uk may have contact, whatever if it is not listed. By memory, you need the head, the cam, pushrod, and cam extension support at the end of cam.

Put a Honda k20 into it! Lol

Good luck.
 

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One issue on any model Europa is the LH rear wheel hub nut loosening and wallowing out the splines on the hub. The splines get assembled with Loctite retaining compound to take up slop. RD Enterprises sell hardened steel spacers and lock washer which help this issue. You'll get enough opportunity to release that Loctite and check the splines when you're replacing the rear wheel bearings and u-joints every 10k miles or so due to the additional loading on the halfshafts.
I realize this an old post but, just in case anyone is still interested, here goes anyway.

I previously owned a 1971 Europa S2 Fed that started as a street machine, later became a racecar, and had the outboard rear stub axle splines issue. It doesn't help that Lotus chose to use the halfshafts as the upper suspension arms, adding stress to an already weak component. Bad idea.

The fix for me was converting to Corvair outboard stub axles. These are much heavier duty and have the splines inboard of the carriers instead of outboard, so they see less stress. It's been a few years (well...maybe 40 or so..😏) but as I recall it included upgrading to the larger Chevy u-joints as well. Involved machining the hub carriers to fit larger bearings, modifying the halfshafts to the larger u-joint yokes, etc. Obviously not a trivial project, requires machinist work and welding, but it yielded a good result.

Don't know if there is still info floating around out there on the mod but if anyone is interested I could try and dig some up.

Here is the car:

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on the Lotus Europa website somewhere, it contains a similar way to modify the rear hub. I did a special design when I was owner of the Europa S2. The design was great and solid, but a little bit expensive to make, I did myself with an access to a machine shop. The rear hub is a pain on the Europa. Wrong design, wrong material quality.
 

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True and false... the casting for the rear hub was very very very porous, and the bearing seat loose it’s press fit. The end washer seating with the big custom nut was very soft, loosing bolt tension. But for sure, putting bigger tiresome and tracking the Europa is racing about trouble for the rear end.
 
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