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  Lotus 12 Climax
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1958
Numbers built:12
Introduced at:1956 London Motor Show
Designed by:Frank Costin
Successor:Lotus 16 Climax
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Engine
Configuration Coventry Climax FPF Straight 4
Location Front, longitudinally mounted
Construction aluminium block and head
Displacement 1,965 cc / 119.9 cu in
Bore / Stroke 86.4 mm (3.4 in) / 83.8 mm (3.3 in)
Compression 12.4:1
Valvetrain 2 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feed 2 Carburettors
Lubrication Dry sump
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Power 175 bhp / 131 KW
BHP/Liter 89 bhp / liter

Drivetrain
Chassis aluminium body on multi tubular space frame
Front suspension double wishbones, coils springs, dampers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension Chapman strut, trailing arms, fixed length drive shaft
Brakes discs, all-round
Gearbox Lotus Queerbox 5 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive

Dimensions
Weight 320 kilo / 706 lbs
Length / Width / Height 3,325 mm (130.9 in) / 1,523 mm (60 in) / 888 mm (35 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2,233 mm (87.9 in) / 1,218 mm (48 in) / 1,218 mm (48 in)

Performance figures
Power to weight 0.55 bhp / kg

Resources
Suggested reading
  • The Lotus Book S2, by William Taylor
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