Simplicity, lightness, and aerodynamics at their best are the key ingredients used by Colin Chapman to create its Lotus Eleven racing car. It was designed to win and it was a winner. This car was the most successful Lotus race car design. It became 7th overall at the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans, driven by Reg Bicknell and Peter Jopp and was good enough for numerous class wins at Le Mans and Sebring. That is why we are more than happy to share with you such a beautiful Lotus Eleven art, created by Nicolas Cancelier.
This Lotus Eleven art is a tribute to the racing oddity
“Simplify, then add lightness” was the credo of Colin Chapman which turned Lotus into a truly magnificent brand. The Eleven was built around tubular space frame and was powered by a tiny engine. Fully loaded, the car weighed about 450 kg. This is more than twice less than any compact or even sub-compact modern car. Unlike any modern subcompact, Lotus Eleven was capable of max speed up to 143 mph or 230 km/h. Well, this one was achieved by Sir Stirling Moss at Monza race track but is still spectacular for a car powered by 1100 cm3 engine.
With its 148 racetrack victories, Lotus Eleven was not only racing success but also a commercial one. The total production run of 270 cars exceeded any previous model. Its unusual shape was a function of the work of Frank Costin, the Lotus` aerodynamicist back in the day. This is how the tiny vehicle finished just 27 laps behind the almighty Jaguar D-Type in Le Mans with three times smaller engine displacement. Pure engineering science applied to the racetrack and turned into one of the most beautiful automotive oddities.
Now you can make yours this beautiful piece of Lotus Eleven art created by Nicolas Cancelier and carefully issued by Simply Petrol.