The Norfolk-based car maker released the Lotus Elise Club Racer to prove that working on new fancy models or being deeply involved in Formula 1 have not distracted them from their main job which is making light and nimble sportscars, what they refer to as “performance through lightness”.
This stripped-out track-focused version of the Elise is 24 kilograms lighter than the standard car and is powered by a 149g CO2/km 1.6 liter engine. The diet has been really hard and they’ve tried many things such as motorsport derived lightweight battery and the deletion of noise insulation to make the car lighter.
It will also have an greater handling than the standard Elise since it comes with a Sport setting for the DPM (Dynamic Performance Management) that makes even the clumsiest drivers feel like Michael Schumacher! DPM combined with improved agility courtesy of Lotus finely tuned sport suspension and an adjustable anti-roll bar will make the Elise Club Racer equally versatile for both road and race track fun.
Of course experienced drivers can switch the system completely off and take the car on head to head. The car also benefits from Eibach for springs and Bilstein for dampers.
Lotus Elise Club Racer is priced at £27,500 / €34,450 / CHF48,900 and can be had in six exclusive colors including Sky Blue, Saffron Yellow, Ardent Red, Aspen White, Matt Black and Carbon Grey.