Whether you need parts or a restoration service, we are the one stop shop for the lotus europa and the lotus elan.

Europa Engineering is the only business in the world dedicated to the classic Europa marque. In addition to supplying original lotus and OEM products we manufacture our own parts, and in many cases improve the original designs by using contemporary materials and fabrication methods. We have made improvements to body shells, fuel tanks, suspension hardware, and have designed a number of different powertrain options.

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Our knowledge of the Europa models and their derivatives is unrivalled. We can supply every component for the Europa, and in addition to Genuine Lotus Parts, we supply a range of high quality replacement parts which in some cases are sourced from the original manufacturers.

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The Bank’s Europa

Although the classic Europa ceased production in the 1970 it is still very much alive in the form of the Banks Europa and over the last ten years over 400 cars have been supplied to owners around the world. The Bank’s Europa was featured in the BBC TV’s “Top Gear” program and described as the British Supercar you have never heard off.

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Our knowledge of the Europa models and their derivatives is unrivalled. We can supply every component for the Europa, and in addition to genuine Lotus parts, we supply a range of high quality replacement parts which in some cases are sourced from the original manufacturers.

We also manufacture our own parts in house which are uprated for competition and road use giving improved performance and reliability and we re-manufacture many obsolete parts.

The Smart Europa

A Europa with paddle gear change, semi-automatic transmission, 
air conditioning, power steering and ABS brakes!
Richard’s latest incarnation of the classic Europa is based on the running gear of a Brabus modified Smart Roadster.

November 2007
I had the opportunity of visiting Richard last week to seek his expertise for my own Europa. Its always a pleasure to sit and talk with him (if you can catch him on a quiet moment), but this time he had a surprise for me. “Come and have a look at my latest project” he says, “Its built around a smart car”.

Somewhat disbelievingly I follow him to a workshop where I find a bright orange Europa 47, which from the outside looks just like all his other model 47’s.

On opening the drivers door I find an interior that is a million miles away from the original car. Gone is the flat Europa dashboard which has been replaced with the contoured dash from the Smart Roadster complete with its bug-eyed instrument binnacles, trip computer, mp3 enabled stereo and custom leather steering wheel with gearchange paddles behind.

The seats have been replaced with custom carbon fibre race seats with full four point safety harness and just for good measure a fire extinguisher.

Open the engine cover and you get an even bigger shock. Something that looks similar to a Europa boot box exists, but underneath it the traditional Y shaped chassis has been re-engineered into a cradle to take the Brabus modified Mercedes engine and transmission and bespoke fuel tank.

Engine: Three-cylinder turbocharged petrol in-line engine with intercooler and Brabus ECU.
Transmission: Automated sequential 6-speed gearbox with kickdown function. Single plate dry clutch.

In the front compartment more changes are evident and it is packed to the brim with equipment.

A custom radiator with air conditioning, servo assisted dual circuit brakes with ABS, electric power steering, the battery and a heap load of electronics.

This is an amazing car, it has all the charm and character of the original Lotus but it has the luxury of some of the most advanced automotive technology. It retains all the wizzy gadgets of the Smart car.

Brakes: Dual Circuit, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).
Electronic Stability Program with Hill Start Assist. Hydraulic Brake Assist. Acceleration Skid Control (ASR).

The Banks Europa

The original Lotus Europa went out of production in the seventies but still lives on in the form of the “Banks Europa”.

Based on the concept of the Lotus 47 Sports Racing car and the Lotus 62 2.0 litre sports prototype (both of which had many successes on the track in the late 1960s and early 1970s).

Each car is hand built to the highest specification using up-to-date materials and components and is unique to the customers requirements.

Whether you are a serious racer, a track day enthusiast or just a sports car driver we will build a car to your specification and because we use up-to-date components you don’t have the “troubles” of running a “classic car”

Banks bodyshell’s are made to order using 6oz isophthalic GRP, the result is much stiffer than the original improving overall driving performance.

Here at Banks we have a superb paint shop and some of the best finishing skills in the north west, whether you opt for traditional “lotus” colours or a more contemporary you are guaranteed a showroom finish.

Each bodyshell is hand made to exacting standards and the rounded wheel arch is a popular modification.

Banks manufacture a number of different chassis to suite each customers requirements, ranging from lotus pattern items through to super rigid spaceframes. Each one is hand made to exacting standards.

As we fabricate our own chassis we can modify the design to fit different powertrain options or customer inspired changes

The biggest departure of Banks Europas from the classic Lotus is reliability. Nowhere is this more apparent than the electrical systems. Modern components and meticulous attention to detail provide the driver with total piece of mind.

The uprated electrical system provides power for option devices such as air conditioning and the for the best performance the electronic ignition system is mapped in-house by Richard Winter.

Air conditioning is a welcome upgrade to the original specifications.

Banks are able to fabricate and fit all trim items on the premises. Improvements in comfort and ergonomics have been achieved without diminishing the ambience of the original Lotus styling.

Modifications to the dimensions of the bodyshell and refinements to the interior fitments have made the 47R a much more practical and comfortable car than its spiritual predecessor, and these enhancements are shared by the 62S.

There is no ‘standard’ engine for a Banks Europa, but most customers opt for the Vauxhall DOHC 16 valve unit which is reliable, light and good for 200 Bhp with a Banks programmed ignition.

In addition to the Vauxhall unit we have fitted a number of different engines ranging including Lotus, Vauxhall SOHC, Renualt, Alfa and a Chevy. Other options include turbo and super-chargers.

Very few production cars come close to the handling of a Banks Europa. Suspension is a double wishbone front and rear with fully adjustable AVO coilspring damper units.

Modern braking performance is provided by an uprated dual circuit system with vented disks all round. A range of period and modern alloy wheels will fit the car, but most customers choose MiniLites with Hankook radial tyres.

Banks Racing

Richard’s real passion is racing, and just about every weekend in the summer he can be found at a race track in the North West competing in one of his own cars and managing a team for his customers.

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