Engine, The Lotus Twin cam
The Lotus Twin cam is one of the great engines, yet comes from humble origins, having a block originally found in the Ford Anglia 105E.
The engine is a four cylinder, four stroke, twin overhead camshaft unit, with a cast aluminium cylinder head. The head is machined to have hemispherical combustion chambers and a separate port for each of the valves. The camshaft is driven by a chain at the front of the engine and runs at half engine speed.
The engine was produced in various configurations, increasing in power and with variations to conform with Federal regulations. Many current cars do not carry there original engines, having received replacements from other sources, or having been modified to more powerful specification. The main types found in the +2 were as follows:
Cam Cover colour
|Special Equipment||Twin Webers||118 bhp||F / red||+2 and +2S|
|American Federal||Twin Strombergs||108 bhp||M / red||+2 and +2S Federal|
|Big Valve||Twin Webers||126 bhp||P / black||+2 S130|
|Federal Big Valve||Twin Strombergs||113 bhp||U / red||+2 S130 Federal|
|Big Valve||Twin Dellorto||126 bhp||EN / red||+2 S130|
The different versions
|Special Equipment Webers||American Federal Strombergs|
Big Valve Webers
|Federal Big Valve Strombergs|