1973 LOTUS EUROPA JPS RACE CAR.
The Europa you see here started out as a John Player Special (JPS) car with the popular Twin Cam engine, it was delivered to its first owner in 1973 and he promptly began racing it.
The original Twin Cam engine was removed and replaced with a new engine built by Picks Racing Engines, they started with a Cosworth BDA block and added flat-top CP pistons, CP rings, Carillo connecting rods, a Marine crankshaft, and a Moroso engine pre-heater.
The completed engine had a compression ratio of 12:1, dual Weber 45 DCOE carburetors, custom stainless-steel exhaust headers, a dry-sump lubrication system, and a Mallory ignition. Power was vastly improved and as a result the original Renault gearbox was never going to survive, so it was replaced with a race-spec 5-speed Hewland transmission.
The hub carriers and other suspension pieces were replaced with heavy-duty components and Porsche 914 wheel arch extensions were added to help cover the new 13 x 9 (front) and 13 x 11 (rear) Jongbloed alloy wheels.
The completed car was driven in the 1978 Daytona 24 Hours by Emiliano Rodriguez and Hiram Cruz, they started in 58th position and finished a respectable 14th in class, covering 402 laps in 24 hours.
In 2014 the car was given a detailed restoration back to the configuration it was in when it raced at Daytona, since the restoration was completed the car has raced just twice, and would now make an excellent entry into the world of vintage racing for a new owner.
THIS BDA FORD ENGINE RUNNING THROUGH AN F2 FT200 HEWLAND BOX IS FAST, EXCITING AND WILL BE VERY COMPETITIVE ON THE VINTAGE SCENE.
THIS LOTUS IS NOT JUST QUICK BUT A VERY BALANCED AND REWARDING RACE CAR TO DRIVE.
YOU WILL PROBABLY BE THE ENVY AND THE QUICKEST IN MANY VINTAGE PADDOCKS, AT A FRACTION OF THE PRICE.
RACED AT DAYTONA
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