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Used Lotus Gearboxes

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About Gearboxes

The job of the car's transmission system is to transmit the power made in the engine to the wheels of the car and consists of the clutch, gearbox, drive shaft, universal joints, rear axle and wheel. There are two types of gearbox transmission; manual and automatic. 

The Lotus <model> manual transmission gearbox comes into play by enabling the driver to select the right gear for the speed the car is travelling at, ensuring the engine can function as efficiently as possible. In a manual transmission gearbox the driver controls the gears manually by releasing the accelerator pedal whilst pressing the clutch foot pedal and engaging the correct gear for the driving conditions and speed. Then the clutch is released and pressure reapplied on the accelerator. The correct gear is selected by hand, using a gear stick, which operates the gear linkage (a series of levers and rods) enabling the correct gear to be engaged. A driver of a car with a manual gearbox can normally select from between four to six forward gears, one reverse gear and neutral position. The Lotus <model> manual transmission gearbox is normally attached by bolts to the back of the engine, next to the clutch. The Lotus <model> manual transmission gearbox tends to be more fuel efficient than automatic or continuously variable gearbox transmissions. 

On the other hand, the Lotus <model> automatic transmission uses both a mechanical and a hydraulic system to change the gears in the car automatically. The Lotus <model> automatic transmission gearbox is attached to a torque converter which fixes directly to the engine of the car. The Lotus <model> automatic transmission gearbox comes into play when the driver applies or releases pressure on the accelerator, by automatically selecting and changing the gears for the driver. The Lotus <model> automatic transmission gearbox selects the right gear for the speed the car is travelling at, adjusting the speed of the car accordingly, whilst ensuring the engine can function as efficiently as possible. This all enables the driver to concentrate on driving without needing to manually change the gears. Generally automatic transmissions have 4 gears consisting of drive, first gear, second gear, park, reverse and neutral.  The Lotus <model> automatic transmission gearbox tends to be less fuel efficient than a manual transmission gearbox but offers the driver a smooth ride and the ease of not having to change gears manually. 

The gearbox transmission, although built to last and easy to maintain with proper care and attention, will over time need replacing due to damage caused by heat and friction. In a manual gearbox transmission, careless driving, such as choosing the wrong gear by mistake, can speed up wear and tear and cause damage to the gearbox transmission. If you are experiencing problems when changing gear, it is important to get your car's transmission system looked at by a professional and you may need to replace the Lotus <model> gearbox transmission. 

Lotus trivia

  • The Lotus Elise has been consistently voted as the best all-round sports car in the world, partly due to its lightweight design. It only weighs 1960lbs!
  • The V8 Ford Cosworth DFV engine was designed and built by Lotus, and it not only got 409bhp and could reach 180mph, but it also got 12 wins in F1, including 19 pole positions, 13 fastest laps, and 23 podiums.
  • The last time that Lotus achieved any big F1 success was in 1978, when they used revolutionary 'ground effect' design to keep their Lotus 79 closer to the ground when turning. As a result of the design, Lotus won 16 of the year's races and the constructor's prize. Ground effects designs were banned in 1983 due to safety fears.
  • Lotus once finished building a car one day before it was due to race in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The rules now forbid this from happening. Unfortunately, the Lotus R3 didn't finish the race, breaking down with 16 laps still left to go.
  • British cult tv-show 'The Prisoner' featured a Lotus Seven in the show and in the opening credits. The Lotus Seven was chosen because it was the preferred car of star Patrick McGoohan, but he never was one for numbers. The Seven was due to have production halted, but a surge in popularity after The Prisoner's success saw those plans quietly cancelled.