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Lotus Elan 26R Le Mans Coupe recreation by IWR announced

Lotus Elan 26R Le Mans Coupe recreation by IWR announced Classic and Performance Car

Ian Walker Racing has announced plans to build a small run or Elan 26R Le Mans Coupe recreations for use in historic racing.


Recreations of classic racing cars are not a new idea, but the increasing demand and values of original racers have made extremely high-quality recreations – such as those from Lister and Jaguar – to become more popular in recent years. The latest car to get the full ‘recreation’ treatment is the Lotus Elan, in the form of the alloy-bodied 26R Le Mans Coupe. 
 
Ian Walker Racing is behind the project, and is aiming to build an extremely limited run of recreated cars – somewhere between three and six depending on demand. Company founder Ian Walker designed the original 26R Coupe in conjunction with Colin Chapman in the early 1960s to take on the Thermal Efficiency Index Class at Le Mans in 1964. 

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Showing some serious potential during its first outing at Montlhery with Jackie Stewart behind the wheel, the car suffered a substantial crash at the Nurburgring 1000kms. Due to the damage, it failed to make it to the Le Mans grid.
 
The recreated car will be built to the same specification as those from 1964, which includes the uprated steering, suspension and improved cooling. All components, from chassis to the powertrain are all new, with no old components used. It will also feature alloy bodywork, based on 3D scans of an original car’s Williams & Pritchard aluminium body. 
 
Ian Walker Racing says that the car will be homologated for use in ‘a variety of Classic International Historic racing events’. Prices will range somewhere between £200,000-220,000, excluding taxes, and as each car will be built from the ground-up can be specified to suit each customer’s requirements.

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