Idiot qestions for lazy newby

neilaura at neilaura at
Thu Aug 26 14:24:00 GMT 1999

Subject: Re: Idiot qestions for lazy newby

Bill Shaw Wrote:
> I don't think you said what type of car it is, 

Groan... I figured that would rear its ugly head! You are quite right, I
didn't say... because I didn't want to be laughed out before I was ever
in, and even I have a certain amount of pride. No, I don't think I'm going
to let you people do that to me. The car is my business, thank you very

The engine... oh, screw it. You people will laugh at me anyway, so I
might as well... The engine is a Lotus 907E.

Just to put the record straight, Lotus used the bottom end of exsisting
production engines and used their own heads and cams. In the case of your
engine, it was the Ford (you have my sympathy). But take some consolation,
the other option was the French Renault.

 Basically it is your textbook
modern econobanger, except it came from England, so it doesn't work most
of the time. Canted, DOCH, 16V, 2L, redline somewhere around peak HP... a
nice little engine if you don't mind the little things like needing to
break your wrists to reach the distributor. Looking through the list
archives I notice at least one other person was interested in EFI for it,
but I think he was buying an aftermarket system. It has a pair of nifty
thingimawhatsit carbs... a rather snazzy design if you are into such 
things, sort of a MAP sensor and throttle body with mechanical feedback
system to balance the air flow against fuel flow. You don't actually
control the throttle, you richen the mixture, and it regulates based on
MAP... at least that's how I understand the damn things. They were 
designed for emissions. Anyway, they are British, and I don't need to tell
any of you what that means.

I'm British, please explain what it means.


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