Lotus Europa Sales
The Europa was a two door mid-engined GT coupe built by Lotus Cars from 1966 to 1975. In 2006 Lotus began production of a totally new, Lotus Elise-derived design, a mid-engined GT coupé named Europa S.
The original Europa used Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s minimalist steel backbone chassis that was first used in the Lotus Elan, while also relying on its fiberglass moulded body for structural strength. The Europa was designed and built to be an embodiment of Chapman’s oft-stated philosophy of automotive design: “Simplify, then add lightness.”
The four-wheel independent suspension was typical of Chapman’s thinking; the rear suspension consisted of two relatively large trailing arms, one lower locating link per side and the axles were used as upper locating links; very similar to Formula Racing car designs of that era. Aside from the doors, bonnet, and boot the body was moulded as a single unit of fibreglass.
The car’s handling prompted automotive writers to describe the Europa as the nearest thing to a Formula car for the road.
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