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  Lotus 38 Ford
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1965
Numbers built:8
Designed by:Len Terry for Lotus
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:May 13, 2015
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Engine
Configuration Ford 90º V8
Location Mid, longitudinally mounted
Weight 180 kilo / 396.8 lbs
Construction aluminium block and head
Displacement 4,195 cc / 256 cu in
Bore / Stroke 96.5 mm (3.8 in) / 72.8 mm (2.9 in)
Compression 12.5:1
Valvetrain 4 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feed Hilborn / Ford Fuel Injection
Lubrication Dry sump
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Power 500 bhp / 373 KW @ 8,400 rpm
BHP/Liter 119 bhp / liter

Drivetrain
Chassis aluminium monocoque
Front suspension double wishbones, inboard coil springs over dampers
Rear suspension reverse lower wishbones, top link, twin radius rods, coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar
Brakes Girling ventilated discs, all-round
Gearbox ZF 2DS-20 2 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive

Dimensions
Weight 612 kilo / 1,349 lbs
Length / Width / Height 3,959 mm (155.9 in) / 1,853 mm (73 in) / 787 mm (31 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2,436 mm (95.9 in) / 1,523 mm (60 in) / 1,523 mm (60 in)

Performance figures
Power to weight 0.82 bhp / kg
Top Speed 322 km/h (200 mph)

Race history
Major wins
1965 Indy 500 (Jim Clark in 38/1)

Resources
Suggested reading
  • The Lotus Book S2, by William Taylor
  • Motorsport Magazine (July, 2010)
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