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Lotus introduces the Elise Club Racer Edition

By Rigval on 22 Feb 2011

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Lotus has released a lightweight version of the already featherweight Elise called the Elise Club Racer edition. At 876kg it is 24kg lighter than the normal production Elise and aside from a Caterham 7, it could well be one of the lightest road legal car you could buy in the market today. Of course, in the early 1980s, a Honda Civic weighed almost as much (or as little). Such is automotive progress as cars get heavier due to safety legislation requirements as well as the need for more luxuries.

So the already back to basics Elise loses another 24kg by getting rid of the normal sized battery for a lightweight one and the removal of soundproofing material. Not something rocket science but something basic and rudimentary. Of course the lightweight battery may cost more and the Lotus will be much more noisier. But all the more better for the driver to feel as one with the car. More noise could mean more mechanical noise and for some it may be irritating but for an enthusiast or someone attacking a track on a track day this could mean more feedback. You can hear the engine note rise and fall better as well as hear the tires at work better so that you may predict what may happen next.

But the Elise Club Racer has more driving goodies. It also has a new setting for the Elise's Dynamic Performance Management system (DPM) that can change the suspension rates and the addition of an adjustable anti-roll bar allows for better tuning and better overall control. It also helps the driver tune the car to suit circuit work or for the drive back home after the track outing. The DPM works with new Eibach springs and Bilstein shock absorbers. A lot of higher end stuff for Lotus' most basic sports car.

24kg of weight loss will not mean that the Club Racer will beat the heck out of the stock Elise. It may be a hair's length ahead of the stock Elise's 0-100km/h sprint. The 1.6liter Toyota engine still has the same 134bhp engine and this should chop of 0.1seconds from the standard 6.5seconds to 100km/h. But this car should handle better.

The Club Racer will come in 6 colors, from Sky Blue, Ardent Red, Aspen White, Carbon Gray, Matt Black and Saffron Yellow. Some are different from the normal Elise color palette. It will go on sale in the UK soon and prices start at 27,500.

I like pure sports cars like the Elise and hope this one arrives on our shores soon. I however have a slight problem with Elises as well as Exiges, I can't seem to get into and out of them easily! The Lotus (driving) position is a killer for extra large boys like me.

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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Friendstar Feb 23 2011 10:31 PM
why is the car plate 159?

sounds like alfa 159
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