Lotus Cars by Numbers

Note: Cars up to and including the Eleven are referred to as Mark, thereafter Type.
Many racing types had appendages to indicate different uses, they are not all listed. Several type numbers are shared between production and F1 cars. Dates and production numbers are estimates and are likely to be wrong. They are provided merely as a guide.

Road cars are highlighted in red, significant events are highlighted in blue.

Type
Year
Total
Description
Mark 1
1947
1
Austin 7 trials special, destroyed
Mark 2
1949
1
Ford powered trials special, survives
Mark 3
1951
2
Austin 7, 750 Formula special
Mark 4
1952
1
Austin 7, Ford 1172 trials special
Mark 5
none
0
Intended as 750 Formula car
Mark 6
1953-55
100?
First customer car, spaceframe, alloy body, kit, various engines
Mark 7 S1
1957-60
242
Spaceframe kit car for road or race
Mark 7 S2
1960-68
1350
Lightened frame, 13" wheels
Mark 7 S3
1968-70
350
"Modernized"
Mark 8
1954-55
1
First aero sports racer, usually Climax power
Mark 9
1955
23
Shortened Mark 8 successor
Mark 10
1955
3
2 litre Bristol version of Mark 8
Mark Eleven
1956-58
270
Definitive Climax sports racer
Type 12
1956-59
12
First single seater, initially F2, then F1
Type 13
none 0
Not issued, actually Eleven S2
Type 14 Elite
1957-63
990-1030
Fibreglass monocoque production GT, usually Climax powered
Type 15
1958-60
29-30
Eleven successor but even smaller, 1.5-2.2 Climax FPFs
Type 16
1958-59
8-9
Second single seater, still front engined, F2 and F1
Type 17
1959
23
1100cc or 750cc Climax sports racer by Len Terry, no match for Lola Mk1
Type 18 FJ
1960
125
First mid-engined single seater, milestone car
Type 18 F1/2
1960
31
First F1 victory and Moss at Monaco
Type 19
1960-62
17
18 derived big-bore, first mid-engined sports racer
Type 20
1961
118
Formula Junior successor to Type 18
Type 21
1961
11
Formula 1 Type 18 development
Type 22
1962
77
Formula Junior, then F3 model
Type 23
1962-66
131
Definitive mid-engined sports racer giant killer
Type 24
1962
12-16
Last spaceframe F1
Type 25
1962-65
7
Groundbreaking monocoque F1, First World Championship for Lotus and Clark
Type 26 Elan S1/S2
1962-64
2053
First production road-going convertible, twincam powered
Type 26R S1/S2
1962-64
97
Specially produced racing Elan
Type 27
1963
35
Monocoque formula-destroying Junior
Type 28 Cortina
1963-66
1894
Lotus soups up the Ford Consul Cortina
Type 29
1963
3
First Indy car, Ford stock block
Type 30
1964-65
33
Group 7 sports racer, Ford V8
Type 31
1964
12+
Spaceframe F3 single seater
Type 32
1964
12
Monocoque F2 (SCA) and Tasman (FPF) monoposto
Type 33
1964-65
7
Development of Type 25 Second World Championship for Lotus and Clark
Type 34
1964
3
Second Indy car, four-cam Ford
Type 35
1965
22
F2/F3/FB monocoque, based on 27/32
Type 36 Elan
1965-68
6550
Elan Coupe
Type 37
1965
1
Seven Clubmans with IRS
Type 38
1965
6-7
Designed by Len Terry, First rear engined car to win Indy
Type 39
1966
1
Modified Type 33 Tasman winner
Type 40
1965
3
"Lotus 30 with 10 more mistakes"
Type 41
1966-68
61
F3, F2(41B), FB(41C) spaceframe
Type 42
1967
2
Indy car built for BRM H16, ran with Ford V8
Type 43
1966-67
2
H16 F1 cars, monocoque using stressed engine
Type 44
1966
3
F2 monocoque, based on 35 tub with 41 wide track corners
Type 45 Elan
1966-74
6550
DHC Elan Series 3/4,Sprint drophead
Type 46Europa S1/S1A
1966-68
300S1, 350 S1A
Original bonded chassis Renault Europa
Type 47
1967
55
Racing version of Europa, twincam, rear tube chassis
Type 48
1967
4
Monocoque F2, FVA
Type 49
1967-70
12
Monocoque F1, DFV as stressed element, Third World Championship (Hill)
Type 50Elan +2
1967-74
4600-5200
Family man 2+2 Elan, twincam
Type 51
1967-69
218
First ever Formula Ford based on type 22/31
Type 52
1968
1
Prototype Europa twincam, shelved
Type 53
1968
0
Proposed Type 23 follow-up, not proceeded with
Type 54 Europa S2
1968-70
2750
Improved Renault Europa with detachable chassis
Type 55
1968
1
F3 "41X" wedge for Team Lotus
Type 56/56B
1968
4/1
Indy turbine car wedge/Turbine F1
Type 57
1968
1
F2 design study with DeDion
Type 58
1968
1
Uprated 57 for F1, DFW, tested and shelved
Type 59
1969-70
44
F2/F3/FB/FF highly successful spaceframe
Type 60 Seven S4
1970-73
1000
Much modified Seven with full fibreglass body
Type 61
1969-71
248
Formula Ford wedge evolution of type 51
Type 62
1969
2
Tube-frame Europa silhouette racer with new 2 litre
Type 63
1969
2
4-wheel drive F1 cars, DFV, problematic
Type 64
1969
4
4-wheel drive turbo Ford Indy cars, never competed
Type 65 Europa S2
1970
865
Federalized S2 Renault Europa
Type 66
none
0
Type number never issued
Type 67
1970
0
Proposed Tasman car, F5000s allowed so not built
Type 68
1969
1
F5000 prototype
Type 69
1970-71
57
F2/F3/FB/FF successful development of type 59
Type 70
1970
7
Formula A/5000 monocoque
Type 71
none
0
Not disclosed by Lotus
Type 72
1970-75
9
Wedge shaped F1, 3 Constructors Championships, 2 Drivers (Rindt,Fittipaldi)
Type 73
1972
2
Formula 3 car developed by F1 team
Type 74
1973
2
Formula 2 car monocoque with Lotus 907 prototype
Type 74 Twincam Europa
1971-75
4710
All models of twincam Europa
Type 75 Elite S1
1974-82
2820
Elite II luxury 4 seat GT, Lotus 907 engine
Type 76
1974
2
Formula 1 unsuccessful replacement for type 72
Type 76 Eclat S1
1975-82
1957
Fastback version of Elite II
Type 77
1976
3
Formula 1 fully adjustable replacement for type 72/76
Type 78
1977-78
4
Formula 1 pioneer of modern ground effects
Type 79
1978-79
5
Formula 1 Andretti championship car
Type 79EspritS1/S2
1975-80
2020
Normally aspirated first try at supercar
Type 80
1979
3
Formula 1 unsuccessful try at more ground effects
Type 81
1980-81
4
Formula 1 produced no victories
Type 81Sunbeam Talbot
980-81
1
Shoebox with Lotus engine, World rally winner
Type 82 Turbo Esprit
1982-99
10,000
Guigiaro redesign 2.2l Turbo through current V-8
Type 83 Elite S2
1980
2820
Developed Elite with 2.2l
Type 84 Eclat S2
1980-82
223
Developed Eclat with 2.2l
Type 85 Esprit S3
1980
417
Normally aspirated Esprit continuation 2.2l
Type 86
1980
1
Formula 1 dual chassis test car, never raced
Type 87
1981
5
Formula 1 first carbon car forced to front as type 88 banned
Type 88
1981
2
Formula 1 dual chassis car which was banned
Type 89 Excel
1982-92
254
Rebadged and developed Eclat
Type 90
none
0
Unreleased Toyota Elan
Type 91
1992
6
Formula 1 lightened type 87 achieved 1 win
Type 92
1983
2
(On 91 tubs) Formula 1 first active car, last Cosworth
Type 93T
1983
2
Formula 1 unsuccessful first turbo Renault car
Type 94T
1983
3
Formula 1 first Ducarouge car cobbled from 91 tubs
Type 95T
1984
6?
Formula 1 Renault turbo lacked power but good chassis
Type 96
1984
1
Indy car project abandoned due to CART rule change
Type 97T
1985
?
Formula 1 Renault turbo vehicle for Senna's first win
Type 98T
1986
?
Formula 1 gave Senna one win and eight poles with Renault
Type 99T
1987
6
Formula 1 Honda engine Senna 2 wins, last Lotus to win in F1
Type 100T
1988
Formula 1 Honda, no success by Piquet or Nakajima
Type M100 Elan
1989-92/94-95
4655(est. incl. S2)
Front engined, front wheel drive convertible
Type 101
1989
?
Formula 1 with Honda gone used Judds, not great
Type 102
1990
?
Formula 1 Lamborghini V12 says it all
Type 103
1991
0
Formula 1 designed but not produced
Type 104 Carlton/Omega
1990
<1000
Absurdly fast hot-up of family car
Type 105
1990
22
Prototype racing Esprits for SCCA World Challenge plus 20 homologation specials for the road
Type 106Esprit X180R
1991
3
an additional 3 racing Esprits for IMSA Supercar Championship
Type 107
199?
?
Formula 1
Type 108
1992
1
prototype Olympic bicycle Gold Medal Barcelona
Type 109
199?
?
Formula 1 last Lotus F1 car?
Type 110
199?
?
Production version of type 108 bicycle
Type 111Elise
199?
?
Back to basic Lotus design philosophy of simplicity and elegance
Type 112
199?
0
Formula 1, designed but not produced
Type 113
none
0
Number not allocated
Type 114
1996
3
Racing Esprits for various GT1 and GT2 racing series
Type 115
1996
?
Lotus GT1

 

Prepared by Kyle Kaulback.

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