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The Lotus Elite S1 or Lotus Type 14 was an ultra light two-seater coupé, produced from 1958 to 1963.
The Elite’s most distinctive feature was its highly innovative fiberglass monocoque construction, resulting in an ultra low kerw weight of 503 kg. The weight savings allowed the Elite to achieve sports car performance from a 75 hp 1216 cc Coventry Climax FWE all-aluminum straight-4 engine. Advanced aerodynamics also made a contribution, giving the car a very low drag coefficient of 0.29 – quite low even for modern cars.
It resulted in a top speed of 180 km/h and 0–100 km/h acceleration in 11.4 seconds.