Saturday, March 03, 2007

New Chassis for Lotus Elan

Some cars have a fanatical following, and they are worth preserving. This generates a small industry of manufactures making replacement parts for classic cars:

Today, while I was at Golden Gate Sevens, I was delighted to discover that Spyder Engineering of England build new chassis' for the Lotus Elan.

The replacement Chassis is stiffer and stronger at the top of the spring towers. The Chapman strut rear suspension can be converted to double wishbone. And all suspension pick-up points are strengthened.

It's amazing how the chassis tappers in the middle, and yet it still has great torsional rigidity. If I was ever tempted to design a car, I would make this chassis my starting point.

Thanks Richard

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