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- ISBN-10: 1844252493
- ISBN-13: 9781844252497
by Russell Hayes
Never a traditional motor manufacturer, Lotus has always punched well above its weight with its road cars, race cars and its sheer engineering talent. This book covers the dynamic small firm's journey from its 1950s road-racers, through the evergreen Seven, Elan and Esprit, to the super-successful Elise of today.
Every Lotus road car has offered innovation and surprise, and some models re-wrote the rulebook of sports car dynamics. This book covers them all, from marque founder Colin Chapman's first Austin Seven Special, back in 1947, to the new Europa launched in 2006. It also includes key factory projects such as the Lotus-Cortina, Talbot Sunbeam Lotus and Lotus Carlton. Each model is covered in detail, supported by technical specifications, real-world driving impressions and buying advice for new owners.
As you would expect, a chapter is devoted to the charismatic Colin Chapman, whose influence has endured beyond his lifetime. Additional features cover the wide reach of Lotus non-car projects such as planes and boats, stillborn prototypes, a beginner's guide to the racing cars, and the industrial intrigue of the DeLorean saga.
Lotus -The Creative Edge is richly illustrated with period photography and supported throughout by new interviews and quotes from those who have lived through the company's colourful history: former Lotus engineers and designers, commentators and dealers.
- Colin Chapman
- From Track to Road
- The Sports-Racers
- The Lotus Seven
- The Elite
- The Elan
- The Lotus-Cortina
- The Europa
- The Elite and Eclat
- The Esprit
- The Talbot Sunbeam Lotus
- The New Elan
- The Lotus Carlton
- Elise and Beyond
- Appendix I - Lotus Type Numbers
- Appendix II - DeLorean
- Appendix III - A Beginner's Guide to Lotus Racing Cars
Buch, Hardcover, 21 x 27,5 cm, 176 Seiten, 120 farbige und 40 s/w-Abbildungen, englischer Text
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