CarTorque Episode 6: Cortina Lotus
Colin Champan took the Ford Cortina to another level when he commissioned
Harry Mundy to build a twin cam version of the Ford Kent engine. The result
was the Cortina Lotus.
Lotus Cortina Mk1 Onboard - 2013 Jefferson 500 IMSA Reunion
I was given the chance to join the IMSA Reunion/SCCA under 2.5 liter race
at Summit Point during the 2013 Jefferson 500. I had a great time working
my way up from the back of the pack, but I decided to pit early to save the
car for the driver using it all weekend.
Ford Cortina Lotus
Vue et doublée sur une autoroute, une Ford Cortina. Je ne suis pas
connaisseur mais il me semble bien que ce soit une Lotus...
NB : merci à Tihouss de FA qui m'a donné les indications suivantes :
Lotus Cortina mk I. Voiture d'après octobre 1964, car elle a la grille
avant restylée et le système Airflow d'aération de l'habitacle (visible
sur les montants de toit arrière).
2010 Silverstone Classic, U2TC, Lotus Cortina, Race Start without overlay
Historic ace Martin Stretton driving 1963 Appendix K Lotus Cortina in the
U2TC race at 2010 Silverstone Classic on the Historic GP circuit. This
video captures the race start and first couple of laps. Unfortunately the
car succumbed to gear box selection problems and retired from the race.
Filmed using Goldstar Onboard in car camera system, more information can be
found at www.goldstaronboard.com
Lotus Cortina vs. Elva MkIV - VRG Turkey Bowl, Summit Point
This was a really fun race trying to find a way past this 1958 Elva MkIV
sports racer, powered by a 1460cc Coventry Climax motor. This was a very
exciting race, with a lot of action and even a rollover just behind me!!
You may or may not be able to see it in the video, but the car was moving
quite a lot under braking, and the car may have been lifting an inside rear
wheel at the exit of Turn 1... Nevertheless, it was an absolute ball
working around these things while battling the Elva and working through
Auction of 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk 1 ENJ 712C
Barons auction of Lot 123, Ford/Lotus Cortina Mk1 ENJ 712C, on Tuesday 27
October 2009 which can be glimpsed at the left of the picture.
The guide price was £25K to £30K.
The sale catalogue description : "...Offered here is a 1965 example of the
Lotus Cortina, which has been the subject of a nut and bolt rebuild, which
was started in 1998 and only completed in 2008. The vendor acquired the
car, in a dismantled state, in 1998 and began to restore it to original
specification. It has covered a mere 20 miles since the completion of the
restoration and now sports leaf springs, rather than A Bracket rear
suspension and a replica SE steering wheel.
Finished in the definitive white with green Lotus flashes, the car has been
fitted with many new panels, which included inner and outer wings, front
panel, rear panels, one rear quarter panel, new chassis cross member, front
jacking members and a full strip down of the body shell before dipping,
priming, painting and treating with Waxoyle. This work was carried out by a
professional body shop in 1999 and the car was then stored until 2008.
In 2008 the vendor commenced the final phase of his plan and equipped the
car with a fully rebuilt engine, with a QED, unleaded, cylinder head, new
pistons, reground crank, new water pump, timing chains and all new
bearings. The Webber's were reconditioned by Northampton Motorsport and a
new fuel tank was supplied and fitted as was a new, complete, Borg and Beck
clutch assembly. With a freshly restored radiator, from SERCK services, all
new hoses and a NOS Exhaust system,
the engine was fired up and set up.
Additional works have included new brake pipes, calipers and discs, new
rear wheel cylinders, new ball joints, bushes and shocks, wiring checked
and renewed where required, new headlining, front seat covers, door cards
and carpets, new glass rubbers and new weather seals...".
The Australian telephone bidder dropped out at £29K.