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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:1966 - 1967
Numbers built:55
Internal name:Type 47
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:March 27, 2015
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Click here to download printer friendly versionIntroduced late in 1966, the Lotus Europa was one of the first mid-engined production road cars. Although officially intended for use on the street, the Europa's competition roots were hard to miss. Accordingly, it was hardly surprising that a competition car quickly followed. Built for the production-based Group 4 class, it was dubbed the 47 GT (the Europa's internal name was the Type 46).

As on the Europa and also the Elan for that matter, the 47 GT featured a sheet-steel central backbone chassis. Suspension was by double wishbones at the front, while the rear featured a multi-link setup consisting of reversed lower wishbones, top links and twin trailing arms. Disc brakes on all four corners provided the stopping power. The lightweight fibreglass was also directly derived from the Europa but obviously lacked unnecessary trim like bumpers.

What really set the 47 GT apart from the Type 46 Europa was the drivetrain. Although both mounted amidships, the Europa featured a relatively docile Renault engine and gearbox, whereas the competition car boasted the latest version of the Ford Cosworth based twin-cam engine, mated to a Hewland FT 200 gearbox. Initially equipped with Weber carburettors but later also sporting a fuel injection system, the 1.6 litre 'four' was good for around 165 bhp.

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