Europa S1 S2 1966 to 1971
Lotus Europa S1 S2 1966 to 1971
De Tomaso and Lamborghini had shown that there was a market, especially in Europe, for mid-engined performance cars. Colin Chapman reacted cleverly to this, using Renault's engine and transaxle arrangement from the 16 as a ready-made, mid-engine package. The platform itself owed much to the Elan, also a good idea; however, the body was much more of an experiment in styling and manufacturing. The van-like styling has aways been divisive, and the Renault engines aren't particularly powerful, and both these problems would be addressed in later versions. It was a stepping stone to the Esprit (and Type 47 racer) though.
The standard tyre was a 155HR13 radial, with the option of a 175/70HR13 (on a 5J wheel).