37 380 KM
- 37 380 KM
- Spectacular performance and handling.
- Vehicle assembly: Hethel, Norfolk, England.
Modified Cylinder head
Upgraded performance camshafts
Individual throttle bodies
Ram air intake plenum
Custom exhaust system and manifold
Dicktator engine management
Uprated cooling system for South African climate
Elise Series 1:
The Lotus Elise is a two-seat, rear-wheel drive, mid-engined roadster conceived in early 1994 and released in September 1996 by the British manufacturer Lotus Cars. The series 1 Elise had a hand-finished fibreglass body shell atop its bonded extruded aluminium chassis that provided a rigid platform for the suspension, while keeping weight and production costs to a minimum. The roadster is capable of speeds up to 240 km/h (150 mph). The Elise was named after Elisa, the granddaughter of Romano Artioli who was chairman of Lotus and Bugatti at the time of the car’s launch.
The 1996 Lotus Elise weighed 725 kg (1,598 lb). Because of this low weight, it was able to accelerate 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.8 seconds despite its relatively low power output. Braking and fuel consumption are also improved by the car’s reduced weight. Cornering is helped by a low center of gravity height of 470mm (18½”).
Series 1 was designed by Julian Thomson, then head of design at Lotus, and Richard Rackham, Lotus’s chief engineer.