WESTFEILD XI : A CLASSIC RACING CAR AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE
The Lotus Eleven was the most successful of the sports racing cars in the mid 1950s - a 1,000 lb Colin Chapman-designed space frame car, sporting a beautiful, aerodynamic body; the form of which was designed by aerodynamicist Frank Costin. The Eleven surpassed the earlier Lotus cars both in its competition success and number, with some 270 units produced through 1958.
In competition, the Lotus Eleven set the closed-course world speed record at Monza, Italy in 1956 for the 1100cc class at 143 mph. At the Le Mans 24-Hours in 1956 an 1100cc Lotus Eleven was first in class, 7th overall and 4th in the Index of Performance. In 1957, five Elevens were entered. The Lotus Elevens were 1st and 2nd in the 1100cc class (9th overall), 1st in the 750cc class, and 1st and 2nd in the Index of Performance. At the 1957 Sebring 12-Hour enduro, an 1100cc Lotus Eleven finished 11th place, 1st in class.
Although many years have passed since its introduction, the visually stunning Lotus Eleven remains the fastest, most successful front-engined, small displacement sports racer ever built. Period.
In 1982 the newly formed Westfield Sportscars began production of the Westfield XI, which soon found racing success at many track days and club events the world over. But as times changed and demand for other Westfield models grew stronger, production on the XI ceased in 1986.
Now, over 25 years later, following popular demand and in celebration of the Lotus Elevens 50th Anniversary, limited production has resumed, and once again it is possible to sample the thrill of classic racing without the otherwise prohibitive cost.
Today, just as before, the Westfield XI has a tubular space frame chassis with stressed aluminum panels. Traditional wire wheels carry race bred wishbone suspension using coil spring damper units on the front. Rear suspension now features four parallel trailing arms located by a transverse panhard rod suspended again by coil spring damper units.
The modified rear axle is obtained from the Midget/Sprite range, as is the driveshaft, engine and gearbox. The XI's bodywork is manufactured in pre-colored glass fiber allowing for economical maintenance, and can be completely removed within seconds. A range of extras is available for the XI, including polished bodywork.
Available as: Self Build or Rolling Chassis
Chassis: Full triangulated tubular space frame
Engine: BMC A series
Bore and stroke: Bore 70.6mm Stroke 81.28mm
Compression Ratio: 8.8:1
Camshaft: Chain driven single cam
Ignition system: Points and coil
Max Power: 65BHP @ 6000rpm
Max Torque: 72ft lb @ 3000rpm
Transmission: 4 or 5-Speed
Final drive: 3.9
Steering: Rack and pinion
Brakes: Disc brakes front; Drum rear
Fuel Tank capacity: 4.8 Gallons
Suspension: Front independent wishbones and rear five link with four trailing arms and a panhard rod
Bodywork: GRP prefinished in lightweight Gel-Coat
Wheel base size: 90" / 2286mm
Overall length: 145"/3686mm
Overall width: 64"/1625mm
PLACING AN ORDER FOR THE WESTFIELD XI
Orders for the Westfield XI are currently being taken. Deposits of 50% are required to secure your name on the production list. If you are interested in purchasing a Westfield kit, please send us an e-mail or call us with your contact information and we will send to you all the necessary details. Please feel free to consult our Westfield XI FAQ to help answer any questions you may have.
A comprehensive color build guide for the Westfield XI, which comes with a DVD of hi-res images, video and audio is available for $56 shipped in the U.S., refundable off the purchase of a kit. The Westfield XI build manual may be purchased online from Amazon.com
U.S. Price: $17,990, plus applicable freight charges