Lotus Viva History
More news on the hunt for Lotus Viva information, it does appear folks read this rubbish I post! I had an email to which I have replied I just hope more information follows?
I Just stumbled upon you website re Lotus Vivas.
Just thought you may like to know that I worked for Lotus as a test driver.
I know it sounds a bit flash, but all we did was drive round and around their test track in the Lotus Viva. The tests were for emissions qualification for the 907 engine for the American market. Six drivers, eight hour shifts five and a half days a week. That was the theory, if fact it was often eight hours on eight hours off.
Then once a week, I think, we drove the cars on the road to Dunstable to the company ERA (English Racing Engines if my memory serves me well) to have the emissions verified. The road trips were fun, because the cars were fast, but looked tame, every boy racers dream.
Their were two cars tested, one white one blue, I think. Both cars had double fuel tanks, the regular tank was used to go round and round and to go to Dunstable, but once there the secondry tank was used, it contained some special fuel.
There was also a van that had a 907 engine stuffed in as well, but I seem to remember it was used more for Team Lotus.
Anyway there you go, thought you may be interested.
Please don’t ask me any technical stuff, because I never did know or understand what made thing work and now my knowledge of the mechanical matters is best summed up as “It’s all done by magic”
All the best
So who are ERA? From some quick Google lookup’s it would appear to be the “Engineering Research and Application Ltd” who were based in Dunstable, some information can be found here about ERA.