Parution reportée mai 2019
This book explores the design development and production of the Lotus
Europa, Lotus’s first mid-engined road car. It covers the
Renault-powered Series 1 and 2 cars, the Lotus Twin Cam-engined
versions, and the Type 47 racing models.
The Lotus Europa was Colin Chapman and Lotus’s first
mid-engined road car, and was produced from 1966 through to 1975.
Originally designed to slot into the Lotus range below the Elan as a low
cost replacement for the Lotus 7, the Europa eventually sat alongside
the Elan and Plus 2 as a comparable sports car in its own right.
Starting with the design philosophy behind the development of the
Europa, this book provides detailed technical descriptions of all the
major versions of the model, starting with the Renault-powered Series 1
through to the Lotus Twin Cam powered Special. It looks at the cars on
the road and the racing Type 47 derived from the road cars which
competed in the small capacity Group 6 class, as well as featuring in
historic racing today. With owners impressions and interviews with
ex-Lotus employees, the book provides a valuable insight into owning
running and racing these iconic cars.
Period Covered: 1966 to 1975
Models Covered: Lotus Europa 1966 - 1975. Covering the Europa S1 and S2, Twincam, and Special
Models NOT Covered: The current Lotus Europa
• Covers the history of the design and development of the road going Europa from the Series 1 to the Special
• Describes the design and history of the Type 47 racer and the Type 62
• Places the Europa in context in the Lotus model line-up of the 1960s and 70s
• The only book dedicated purely to the Europa
• Interview with Lotus engineers Mike Kimberley and Oliver Winterbottom on Europa Twin Cam design
• In depth description of the design and layout of the cars
• Details of technical innovations and evolution of the models
• Full specification tables for all the cars
• Many never before published pictures of the cars
• Owners experiences and driving impressions of their cars