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1978 Louts Eclat Esprit (1978 Lotus Eclat)

Last updated Jun 10, 2008  

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Type 76 - Lotus Eclat (1975 - 1982)
The Lotus Eclat was a fastback version of the new Elite. The rear roof line of the Elite was sloped down into a sporty fastback. Replacing the glassback of the Elite was a trunk lid that opened to a generously sized and practical boot.

This type designation was also assigned to an F1 car. It featured twin brake pedals (for left foot braking), with an electronically activated clutch controlled by a button atop the gear selector.


Cylinders 4 cylinder in line installed at cant of 45 degrees
Cylinder Head Alloy twin overhead camshaft

Bore 95.25mm
Stroke 69.24
Displacement 1973cc

Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Carburettors 2 x twin choke Dellorto DHLA
USA & Japan: 2 x Zenith Stromberg CD
Max Power 160bhp at 6,500rpm
USA & Japan: 140bhp at 6,500rpm
Max Torque 135lb ft at 5,000rpm
USA & Japan: 130lb ft at 5,000rpm


Gearbox 5 speed manual all synchromesh or Borg Warner automatic
520 only: 4 speed Ford Granada/Capri all syncromesh
Gear Ratios 4.1:1 final drive: 3.29; 4.1; 5.62; 8.28; 13.12; rev 12.91
3.73:1 final drive: 3.00; 3.73; 5.11; 7.53; 11.94; rev 12.91
520 only: 3.73; 5.26; 7.27; 11.79; rev 12.50
Final Drive Early cars 3.73:1; then optional 4.1 :1 also offered
Road Speed 4.1 final drive: 20.8 mph / 1000rpm
3.73 final drive: 22.9 mph / 1000rpm
520 only: 22.9 mph / 1000rpm

Chassis Pressed and fabricated steel backbone
Body Glassfibre

Front Independent by coil springs, wishbones, anti roll bar and telescopic dampers

Rear I Independent by coil springs, lower wishbones, fixed length driveshafts, radius arms and
Telescopic dampers

Type Rack and pinion, with power assistance on 503 and 504 models

Front 10.4 inch disks
Rear 9 x 2.25 inch drums mounted inboard