Lotus Elan S4 fhc
The Lotus marque is probably the most underrated of all our motor manufacturers, and there is no doubt that the Elan is one of the most advanced models ever produced. My first Lotus experience was during the 1970s. I had long been working with cars at a Ford dealership when I had the pleasure of driving a new 2 + 2 130, one of the fastest cars I've ever driven. That model in particular had been extensively tuned by a London specialist, with M14 cams, big-valve ported head and high-flow exhaust manifold. It looked stunning with its metallic brown bodywork and white roof. I could never have afforded one as they were also one of the most expensive production cars of the day, and apparently unreliable.
Following the successful restoration of the fixed-head coupe, Roach Classics later took-on the restoration of a Lotus Sprint which had been in storage since 1979. The client required improved power output, without destroying the intergrity of such a classic car. It was easy to update and install a Duratec engine, but it wouldn't have been "Lotus".
We needed to take this concept and improve on it. Since the ignition systems of the 1960s and '70s era had been limited, we incorporated a little modern technology to the old engine. Computerised ignition systems provide so much more control of "advance", and vast amounts of torque can be developed in comparison to standard ignition. The Jaguar engine has really benefitted from our modern Engine Management Systems in terms of performance, reliability, and fuel economy.
The fitting of such as system also helps to reduce the environmental impact of owning a classic car such as this.