Lotus History: Another engine found
Having done an articles or two a few years back on the prototype lotus engine story and all the reasoning of why I wanted a lotus engine in my GT, I thought that was as far as I would even know about the story.
To recap I put a Lotus engine into my GT as a homage to the Viva GT that was bought and owned by Lotus, they used it as a test mule (along with other Vauxhalls) for the 907 development. Low and behold in 2013 the present owner of the car contacted me and it turned out he lives only a few miles away. I arranged a meet up to look at the car.
The owner even had a Lotus prototype engine
This was at a later date fully rebuilt to running mint condition.
That was it as far as I was aware, short of knowing old Lotus staff and or bashing down the doors too long lost paperwork, I was never going to add to the story, much more than re-producing some articles others had written in the past to add some meat to the bones of this engine.
That was until a chance conversation that produced the existence of another prototype 907 engine. I had been previously kept this all private to respect the owner, but after some conversations of a potential new future, I can now show this engine with the little detail I know. I stress its in unrestored condition, as the other engine was, one key part is missing. however here we have 907 002.
The engine is missing the oil pump housing and pump, but otherwise its nearly a complete bottom end. the head has the same water outlet at the fornt of the head, sam as 907 007. Its also has steel inlet manifold.
Its very early days in any potential involvement with the engine, but an my next major post on this engine will involve an altogether differing car company Jensen, and how this engine and 907 007 may actually be more related to the Jensen Healey than the Viva GT owned by Lotus.