Both cars shared many parts, including the chassis, although they had different drive-trains and power-plants. Good thing the aluminum shifter slots into gears cleanly, not without a little excessive force. Basic S2 models had a 1,795 cc 1. It has 60 percent more power but is only 14 percent heavier than the existing European model. Start it up and anyone familiar with the European-spec Elise will immediately notice a difference.
That's because Lotus for years has been saying it's coming to the U. Curb weight measures the weight of the car with all of the standard equipment and amenities while passengers, cargo or any other separately loaded items are not taken into consideration. Carpeting covers select areas of the interior; everywhere else the exposed aluminum chassis proudly shows through. However, if strong demand continues, at least that many, if not more, will arrive next year. This is an incredible opportunity to put a very special example in your garage.
It is important here not to confuse the terms of curb weight of Elise and its gross weight. Exhilarating pretty much describes the force put out by the compact powerplant in the compact Elise. There is an example of the Zytek Elise on display at the. At idle, this ripped and fueled Elise is mellow, but once on boost, the whining turbo tells everyone this is no off the shelf Elise. Automotive experts have long admitted the constant attempts to decrease the average curb weight of the car simply by using lightweight materials.
Provided you can get into it at all, that is. The ride is more akin to a cushier four-seat sportscar than a stubby racer. Sure, the 1,451 horsepower 7. Its 70 kg 154 lb extruded space frame and lightweight composite body shell are factors in its low kerb weight of 875 kg 1,929 lb. It has the airbags, the anti-lock brakes, and the air conditioning that the car has lacked until now. Compared with some European-spec Elises we've driven in the past, which at times could feel quite harsh around town, the U. Several new colour options for 2008 were brought to the marketplace.
For the Elise Sprint, Lotus used several weight-saving techniques to cut the car's weight down to 798 kg 1,759 lb. Once the road gets curvy, vast reserves of grip instill a sense of confidence that's rarely challenged. A Toyota-sourced, aluminum six-speed manual is the sole gearbox, with the addition of a Lotus-designed shift linkage. Nothing is lost in translation. As of the time of the switch the Rover engine would still have met the standards required of it for use in America. The machinery is undeniably faster and more powerful, but with these improvements have also come corresponding increases in size, complexity and most important, weight.
Lotus continued to provide a naturally aspirated Elise producing 189 hp 141 kW. Acceleration increases dramatically as well, jumping from levels to territory in just a few hundred revs. Light weight, usable power, and outstanding handling are key elements for a competitive track car. At no time do they feel disconnected from what the Elise is doing or vice versa. At speeds over 70 mph, the Elise simply sails over the tops of most bumps and remains rock-steady well into triple digits.
He picked up an old relationship with Toyota which for three years in the 1980s owned 21 percent of Lotus and secured a deal to use the 1. Come to think of it, against the Elise, most everything else is. Elise enthusiasts—there are at least 60 owners of race-spec cars in the U. Not much this side of an exotic supercar will keep up with it on a racetrack. The Sprint can be had with either a 1. However, parent company Proton had been severely affected by the , which brought an early end to the Malaysian assembly of the Lotus Elise in late 2000, only three years after it commenced and with an estimated 150 units sold. The core of the Elise weighs only about 150 pounds in a vehicle with a total weight of just 1975 lb, which, as you can imagine, does magic on its handling capabilities and acceleration.
The range per charge is typically 100 to 120 mi 161 to 193 km and the car can be re-charged within an hour. Festooned with a dizzying array of creature comforts and high-tech wizardry, the modern sports car has packed on a few pounds over the past 40-plus years. The car was heavier than the production model of that time, and had a considerably more powerful 2. Archived from on 25 March 2012. You sit on a thinly padded seat in an aluminum tub the Elise chassis is made from aluminum extrusions bonded together.
The forgiving nature of the chassis and excellent overall balance make it easy for drivers of all levels to get the most out of their respective abilities. That is better than what you get in a Ferrari 458 Italia and combined with the razor-sharp handling it would make for a serious track weapon. Give it a healthy dose of throttle and the little Lotus powers briskly off the line, accelerating with minimal effort even from as low as 3500 rpm. We confess to never using sixth gear, even on a short stretch of I-459 in Birmingham where a pint-sized Statue of Liberty hailed us as we skittered by. Wind noise from the soft-top is minimal and freeway passes can usually be accomplished in 6th gear. Although the internals of the engine are standard Toyota in fact made by Yamaha , Lotus fits different intake and exhaust systems and, significantly, has devised its own engine control electronics.
Both the Series 2 Elise and the were built on the same production line, in a new facility at Hethel. Waiver in hand, Elises may already be appearing at the Lotus dealer near you, with sales officially due to begin in May. For stopping power, the Elise S2 111 S braking system includes Vented Discs at the front and Vented Discs at the rear. These were more competent on track with sports suspension, wheels and tyres, seats according to model. How much does a Lotus Elise weigh? The 111S models were discontinued in 2005 in favour of the Toyota powerplant. Archived from on 12 February 2015.