Lotus 17 group S (1959)
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Specifications

21 units built
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Coventry Climax FWA "85", straight 4 cyl, 4 stroke, petrol engine
1098cc, 72.4 x 66.68 mm
9.8 : 1
63.5 kW / 85 hp @ 6250 rpm
100 Nm / 74 ft-lb @ 4400 rpm
drop forged steel crankshaft with 3 main bearings
2 valves / cylinder, SOHC
aspiration, natural with 2 x 1-1/2" SU H4 horizontal carburetors
distributor ignition
water cooled

Coventry Climax FWB "100", straight 4 cyl, 4 stroke, petrol engine
1459cc, 62.2 x 61.0 mm
8.6:1
101 bhp / 75 KW @ 6000 rpm
125 Nm / 92 ft-lb @ 4400 rpm
forged steel crankshaft with 3 main bearings
2 valves / cylinder, SOHC
aspiration, natural with 2 x SU horizontal carburetors
water cooled

Coventry Climax FWMA, straight 4 cyl, 4 stroke, petrol engine
742cc, 76.2 x 80.0 mm
2 valves / cylinder, DOHC
water cooled

front suspension: double wishbones with coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers
rear suspension: Chapman struts with radius trailing arms and fixed length half-shaft, coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers


Results in WSCC

Season
Car entry, chassis number Car number/ result
Sebring Targa Florio Nurburgring Le Mans Tourist Trophy
Team 12h 1000km 24h
Team Lotus Engineering, 17-653 (FWA) #31, 11th
Team Lotus Engineering, 17-657 (FWB) in entry list
Team Lotus Engineering, 17-659 (FWMA) #54, igni tion
Team Lotus Engineering, 17-663 (FWMA) #53, head gasket
Team Lotus Engineering, 17-664 (FWA) #32, axle
Bob Hicks/ Dick Utley (FWA) in entry list
Dorchester Service Station (FWA) in entry list
Statistics
Works Starts/finishes 4/1 2/0 2/1
Drivers Team entries and car number
Team Lotus Engineering
Alan Stacey 53
Keith Greene 53 31
Mike Taylor 54
Jonathan Sieff 54
Innes Ireland + 32
Tony Marsh 31
Jay Chamberlain 32
Dorchester Service Station
David Piper +
John Campbell-Jones +
Derek Randall +

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Drawings

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Rear suspension

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"Chapman strut" as it was located in Lotus Elite
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