Lotus Elite Type 14 - High Torque Starter
Type 14 (1957-1963)
1.2L Coventry Climax FWE I-4 (all variants)
High Torque Gear Reduction Starter for the early Lotus Elite.
This modern starter will amaze you everytime you turn the key. No longer will you have to cross your fingers, and hope that your car will start.
Benefits of upgrading to our Gear Reduction Starter:
Spins your motor faster at start up.
Less Taxing on your Battery - Requires ½ the cranking amps of your old starter.
Physically Smaller - Weighs less than ½ of the outgoing starter. (Easier installation, and more room in your engine compartment)
Advanced Design - 5 roller bearings to support the armature vs. 2 antiquated bushings in your Lucas starter. (increased efficiency, reliability, & reduced parts wear)
Customizable - Our mounting plate comes with multiple holes, so you can rotate the body of the starter if you prefer.
Eliminate "Hot Start Issues" - the aluminum case and vent hole allows our starter to "breathe" and dissipate the heat buildup.
Requires no permanent modifications - fits 100% of the time.
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If your car utilizes a remote solenoid, and you wish to continue to use it, you will need a “BYPASS WIRE” installed on your new high torque starter. You can easily tell if you have a remote solenoid because there will only be one, heavy wire going to your old Lucas starter. This wire will "bypass" the solenoid on your new starter, and allow you to continue to use the original setup. 99% of customers opt for this setup.
The bypass wire can be purchased via the dropdown selection upon checkout.
* If your car is a "3 Wire Hookup", the screw terminal on the backside of the starter is where that 3rd wire goes. Typically, it is an extra wire coming directly from the coil to give the starter extra juice for cold starts.
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Type 14 History:
In all, some 1015 cars were built (including kits which were offered from 1961 onwards). Some 385 cars were exported all over the world with 316 going to the USA alone, 13 to Japan, 11 to Australia and the rest to Europe..
Just as innovative as Lotus’s outright competition cars, the Elite featured a fibreglass monocoque body tub, independent suspension all round (based on that of Lotus’ racing monopostos’) and four-wheel disc brakes, the rears mounted inboard.
The car was powered by the 1216 cc four-cylinder Coventry-Climax “FWE” all Aluminium engine, a single overhead cam unit. With the Elite weighing in at only 1,110 pounds, the high power output of 75 BHP translated to over 140 BHP per tonne which was impressive by any standards for such a small unit in the late 1950’s.