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  Lotus 15 Climax
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:1958 - 1960
Numbers built:27
Designed by:Colin Chapman
Successor:Lotus 19 Climax
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:September 29, 2014
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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 Weber Carburettors
Lubrication Dry sump
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Power 175 bhp / 131 KW
BHP/Liter 89 bhp / liter

Drivetrain
Body aluminium
Chassis steel tubular spaceframe
Front suspension double wishbones, coil springs over dampers
Rear suspension Chapman struts, trailing arms with fixed length half-shaft, coil springs over dampers
Brakes Girling discs, all-round, inboard rear
Gearbox Lotus 5 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive

Dimensions
Weight 450 kilo / 992 lbs
Length / Width / Height 3,580 mm (140.9 in) / 1,524 mm (60 in) / 610 mm (24 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2,235 mm (88 in) / 1,194 mm (47 in) / 1,219 mm (48 in)

Performance figures
Power to weight 0.39 bhp / kg

Race history
Drivers of note Graham Hill, Roy Salvadori and Cliff Allison

Auctions
Past sales

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