Good things come in small packages. Take for instance the Lotus Elise, a sports car which does not disappoint in terms of handling and performance. Assembled by skilled craftsmen in England, the first Elise was introduced via the Frankfurt Motorshow in the mid-1990s.
Car enthusiasts soon got wind of the Lotus Elise sportscar, who noted the technology and innovation. It’s one of the relatively less costly supercars (compared to legendary marques) in the market.
Engineering and technology has been utilized to power up the next-generation Elise aimed at modern-day drivers. The 2015 model may appeal to young and confident car lovers who are eager to add a hard-nosed supercar to their collection.
Lightweight materials, exquisite steering and superb styling make the Lotus Elise a class all its own.
The Lotus Elise is a great car to drive. Such a no-frills car may be enticing to buy, but if you begin comparing it to other modern vehicles in its category, therein lies a little bit of discontent. There will be cars that may pack more wallop for almost the same price as the Elise.
Nonetheless, the improved version of the Elise can move like a dream. The car has actually undergone changes that augur well for the motorist. It has become packed with value. The car does not deviate from its trademark features, though, which include the distinctively shaped grille.
Car owners with exacting standards on design may find the somewhat dated look and some interior details of the Elise unsatisfactory. There have been constant improvements made, though. Back in 2004, the 111R generated attention for being a powerful city car. It heralded changes like improved braking system, while offering superb ride and handling.
The revamped Elise is both elegant and aggressive. It looks sharply chiseled. The two-seater car with a two-liter supercharged engine has been positioned to hold its own against popular European cars like the Audi TT and Porsche Boxster. Lotus Elise owners acknowledge that it’s a totally different beast.
Lotus top-level officials devoted much effort to ensuring that the Lotus Elise 2015 is introduced to the market with a bang. It helps, of course, that the car has gone through remarkable changes as part of the milestones of an automotive firm that wanted to leave behind a legacy.
Motorists who have developed a liking for the Lotus driving experience will be pleased that the new model of the car has retained the fun & practical characteristics of the earlier model. Reduced carbon dioxide emissions will also appeal to environment-conscious motorists. The Lotus Elise base model is powered by the 1.6-litre engine by Toyota. The Lotus Elise S has been fitted with a 1.8-litre engine, letting car owners cruise faster than when they’re driving a standard car.
The Lotus Elise is diminutive in size, but it more than compensates in terms of smooth ride quality. Passengers will note that the car can offer a pleasurable ride – with very minimal physical disturbance and just a hum of noise emanating from the road. The mid-mounted engine generates excellent traction. Sharp turns can be navigated by a skilled driver with ease.
Lotus has been experiencing some financial trouble lately. In the past few decades, the British automaker along with the engineering consultancy company founded by Colin Chapman, have both been bounced from GM ownership to Romano Artioli’s Bugatti, then to Malaysian carmaker Proton before ending up in the ownership of DRB-Hicom. The latter company has made some questinonable decisions, such as firing Lotus’ chief executive and stripping the company’s R&D budget to nothing. Recent reports show that Group Lotus could be liquidated by the British courts.
The news come from Autocar which mentions an announcement from the HM Courts & Tribunals Service. Apparently, the latter had received an application to liquidate the assets of the entire Group Lotus including Lotus Cars, Lotus Motorsport and Lotus Engineering. The only name that seems safe for the moment is the Formula 1 team which runs under the Lotus name as it is owned separately and licenses the name from Group Lotus.
There is no official news from Lotus on this matter but the British automaker seems to have been forced into this decision due to unpaid taxes. On the other hand, DRB-Hicom could come to the rescue and cough up the money for its asset’s outstanding bills. It wouln’t be a first though, as other companies have ventured into liquidation territory before only to be rescued by their main investors.
Source: Autocar via Carbuzz
Lotus has recently declared that Coca-Cola will be entering Formula One as its sponsor. After a long period of speculation and rumors over the possibility of Mclaren securing the deal, Lotus has finally unveiled its future sponsor to be none other than the iconic soft drinks brand.
Don’t expect to see a huge “Coca Cola” logo on the future Lotus vehicle though, as the contract between the two features the Swedish energy drink “Burn” logo to appear on the 2013 formula one car.
For those of you who might might not know (Burn is not available in the US), Burn is a high sugar, high caffeine energy drink that is, similar to Red Bull, involved in extreme sports marketing.
Lotus officials declared: “We are proud that The Coca-Cola Company has chosen Lotus as the best vehicle to represent the Burn brand in its most high profile partnership,”.
Source: Lotus F1 Team
Lotus has unveiled a couple of days ago a special edition of their new Evora, the Lotus Evora S GP Edition, a car inspired by the Lotus-Renault racecar from Formula 1. This special edition was built in collaboration with British retailer Bell & Collville and will be produced in a limited run of just 3 units.
This special edition comes with a Premium pack which consists of new wheels, gold stripes on the car’s body, red mirror casings and a special black body finish and it also has the Technology pack which includes a couple of upgrades to the car’s infotainment system and a rear view parking camera as well.
Under the hood it will feature the same 3.5L V6 supercharged engine as the standard model which is able to produce 350 HP and 400 Nm of torque, more than enough to take this car to impressive speeds, from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds and to a top speed of 285 km/h.
As we’ve said earlier, the Lotus Evora S GP Limited Edition will be produced in just 3 units, each of them being priced at around 69,950 GBP.
Lotus also unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show a racercar based on the Exige, the Lotus Exige R-GT, a car with which the company wants to get back to rallying, more than three decades ago after they’ve won the WRC with a Talbot Sumbeam.
Under the hood, the car “hides” the same 3.5L supercharged V6 engine as the standard model but it features many important upgrades at the gearbox and several restrictions on the engine to control the power of this unit. Since it has to comply the FIA R-GT regulations, the car features a steel roll cage, front and rear underbody protections, side protections, lexan side windows and an air scoop on the roof making its total weight go up to 1,200 kg.
The Lotus Exige R-GT also features a suspension tuned for racing with double A-arms and 3 way adjustable dampers, front and rear, an upgraded 6 speed sequential transmission, racing brakes and many other upgrades designed to turn a regular Exige into a true racecar.
Probably the most important car showcased by Lotus at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year is the brand new 2012 Lotus Exige S, a car that Lotus claims to be the ultimate lightweight high performance sportscar.
The new Exige S comes with an aggressive body and weights only 1,080 kg, which is around 145 kg more than the previous version but it also has 130 HP more under the hood thanks to a more powerful engine, 3.5L V6 which is able to produce 350 HP.
The new Exige S will come equipped with high performance Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires and a Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) switch which allows the driver to choose between three different set ups: Touring, Sport and DPM off. For the interior, there will be two packages: Premium for comfort and style and Premium Sport for the ultimate driving pleasure and experience with an optimal cockpit.
The new Lotus Exige S will be also available with a Rack Pack option that adds a fourth driving more called Race that will provide maximum traction for the tires, Launch Control and an optimized suspension.
While most automakers are still busy with their 2011 models, Lotus has just released the first images and details with their 2014 Lotus Elite! The Elite is a wonderful convertible supercar with a delightful and aggressive design and great engineering, meant to redefine modern classic.
The supercar will be powered by a 5.0L V8 engine that will be able to produce 612 HP and 720 Nm of torque and even a hybrid version will be available. Lotus expects that the normal version will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 to 3.7 seconds and it will reach a top speed of 315 km/h.
There are no details about the hybrid version yet, but Lotus says the car will feature a hybrid gearbox connected to a couple of electric motors, and a Kinetic Energy Recovery System. With this technologies, the hybrid Elite will have a CO2 emissions level of just 215 g/km.
The 2014 Lotus Elite will have a retractable hard top and Lotus CEO Dany Bahar claims this supercar will be a car of perfect contradictions compact yet spacious, high performing yet low emitting, lightweight yet still really solid. The Elie will go on sale only in the spring of 2014 and will have a base price of around 115,000 GBP.
[Lotus via WorldCarFans]
Lotus has officially revealed the new Lotus Evora S and the Evora IPS automatic models that will debut in front of the public at the Paris Motor Show next month. The Evora S comes with a new supercharged 3.5L V6 with 350 PS/346 bhp and 400 Nm of torque which is connected to a six speed manual transmission.
With this engine, the new Lotus Evora S is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and it could reach a top speed of 277 km/h. The car also received a couple of styling upgrades such as new diffuser or new wheel designs and will come with a so called “sport pack” as standard. The driver can adjust the car’s throttle response and activate an exhaust by pass valve by pressing a “sport” button.
The Evora IPS comes with a six speed automatic transmission with Intelligent Precision Shift (that’s what IPS actually stands for). The car is powered by a 3.5L V6 with 280 PS/276 bhp and 350 Nm of torque and will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and to reach a top speed of 250 km/h.
We will probably get more details about the new Evora models when Lotus will premiere them at the Paris Motor Show.
The current generation of the Lotus Elise and Exige are going to retire from the European market in 2010 and to mark the passing of these models Lotus has released two special editions: the Lotus Elise SC and Exige S RGB. The RGB comes from Roger Becker, one of the most important individuals from Lotus over the past four decades.
Roger Becker spent 44 years at Lotus and for a lot of time he was the director of vehicle engineering and contributed a lot of to the development of the Elise, Exige and Evora. These special versions of the Elise and Exige will get upgraded engines and the Elise SC RGB will have 217 HP while the Exige S RGB will get an engine from the S260 with 257 HP.
All RGB edition models will get Roger Becker’s signature on the B pillar and a specially numbered plaque. The cars will be available in white, yellow and grey and will also receive a new set of black forged alloy wheels.
The current supercharged Lotus Elise and Exige will retire from the European market because the four cylinder engines no longer meet Euro 5 emission standards but these models will remain available outside of Europe for the time being.
Hennessey Performance has officially revealed today the first official images and full details about the Hennessey Venom GT, a supercar based on the Lotus Elise/Exige. The Venom GT is powered by a supercharged 6.2L LS9 V8 engine from the Corvette ZR1 which delivers 725 HP but the car tuners will also offer two twin turbo V8s with more than amazing power outputs: 1,000 HP and 1,200 HP.
The Hennessey Venom GT weights only 1,071 kg thanks to its carbon fiber body and carbon fiber wheels and with all that impressive power under the hood it’s fast like a rocket! The 1,200 HP model can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in a bit over 2.4 seconds and it could reach a top speed of 440 km/h which is a lot faster than the Bugatti Veyron that has a top speed of 408 km/h.
Since the Venom GT is extremely fast engineers from Hennessey Performance installed a high performance braking system from Brembo with 6-piston calipers up front and 4-piston calipers in the rear and 15″ carbon ceramic rotors to slow down and stop this supercar. The car also features a six speed gearbox from Ricardo, an adjustable suspension, high performance Michelin PS2 tires and a programmable traction control system.
Hennessey will build only 10 Venom GTs every year and four of them have been already sold. The base price of the 1,000 hp model is $600,000.
[Source: Hennessey Performance]