Lotus Elise

Lotus Elise

The English sports car builder Lotus has refreshed their lightweight Elise roadster with a new front end and have revealed the first details on the 2011 Elise facelift. The redesigned sports car is built on top of a new lightweight structure made up of extruded aluminum alloy bonded with epoxy as opposed to traditional welds that add additional mass featuring integral steel seat belt supports and lightweight rear subframe which serves as the centerpiece for the fully independent suspension that utilizes unequal length wishbones, mono tube gas dampers from Bilstein, coil springs from Eibach and a front anti roll bar.

The 2011 Elise will be powered by a 1.6 Liter naturally aspirated water cooled inline four cylinder engine that delivers a total of 134 HP and 118 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six speed gearbox. The combination is good for a 0 to 60 MPH sprint time of 6.7 seconds and is capable of reaching a 124 MPH top speed. The new lightweight Lotus Elise sports car will go on sale this April in U.K. and will be priced at 26,550 GBP.

Updated 04/22/2010: A set of new high res images added to the picture gallery. Check it out!

Press release after the jump.

It’s the British magazine, Autocar, who had the chance - again - to be the first one testing a new sports car. This time we are talking about the 2011 Lotus Elise facelift . Not many changes need to be made to an already close to perfect vehicle, but Lotus did decide to make the Elise look a little more like the Lotus Evora by making the front end a little more narrow. This was done by slightly modifying the nose, hood, and headlights.

The 2011 Elise will be powered by a 1.6 Liter naturally aspirated water cooled inline four cylinder engine that delivers a total of 134 HP and 118 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six speed gearbox. The combination is good for a 0 to 60 MPH sprint time of 6.7 seconds and is capable of reaching a 124 MPH top speed.

Check out the video to see what AutoCar thought about this iconic superstar.

Lotus Elise has just received a facelift for 2011, but before it goes on sale, Netherlands will be the first to get a special edition Elise SC. This is completely unfair in our books. The limited edition Elise comes painted in matte white with details contrasting in black (superhot). The seats receive an embroidered logo and the standard wheels have been replaced by black 12-spoke alloy wheels. Also, the rear diffuser is painted in black.

Under the hood the 4-cylinder engine remains unchanged, meaning 136 HP and a fuel consumption of 5.04 liters/100 km. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 6.5 seconds.

You know, we can’t seem to understand why everyone else is getting these special edition Lotuses. If you remember, a couple of months ago, Australia received the Lotus Elise Club Racer and last year, the UK received the Lotus Elsie Black and White Edition . Hey Lotus, we want this car too!

Where’s the best place to try and warm up the engine of a high-powered sportscar? Why, the countryside, of course!

Not a lot of car, not a lot of cops, and a lot of open pavement waiting at your disposal. Sounds like a good day to let loose Hennessey’s Venom GT .

In this video released by Hennessey Performance Engineering, we have yet again the Lotus Elise-based Venom GT doing some test runs, this time in a small town near the Silverstone race track in the UK.

Watching - and listening - to the video harks us back to the time when sports cars sounded this piercingly sharp. As the driver pushes the pedal to the ground, you can hear this sharp shriek that on any other thing would sound deplorably horrible; but on a sportscar, it’s music to our ears.

And the best part is, the model used in this video is just the base model of the Venom GT. Imagine what it would be like to have 1,200 horsepower underneath that hood.

Source: Hennessey

The Hennessey Venom GT’s recent debut at the 2010 New York Auto Show was, in some ways, a long time coming. We had to wait a little longer for the car - it was supposed to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, remember? - but upon seeing the Lotus Elise-based sports car, well, the wait was well worth it.

Barely a week after making its world debut, the Hennessey Venom GT is already being tested out by numerous scribes in test tracks all over the world with everyone dying to be the first to test out the car’s supercharged 6.2 liter LS9 V8 engine. Coincidentally, the same engine used in the Corvette ZR1 that delivers a total of 725bhp. If this is not enough, the tuner will also offer 1000 bhp and 1200 bhp twin turbo V8 engine variants. With a curb weight of less than 2,400 lbs, the Venom GT will hit a top speed of 200 mph.

As if on cue, we have the first sighting of the Venom GT being put through the proverbial ringer at the Dunsfold Aerodrome track in Surrey, UK. While there’s no word as to who’s doing the test run for the Venom GT, it’s worth pointing out that the Dunsfold Aerodrome track is the very same race track Top Gear uses for their test runs.

Could this just be a coincidence or could that speck of white we’re seeing actually be none other than The Stig himself.

There’s only one way to find out. Be sure to tune in to the 15th season of Top Gear when it returns in June.

‘Official’ may be a little bit of a stretch considering we’ve already seen photos of the car in various spy photos, but nonetheless, Hennessey Performance is using that word to describe the first batch of ‘official’ photos of its highly-anticipated super car, the Venom GT .

In another piece of information that Hennessey has kindly passed along, the American tuning house has announced that only ten Venom GTs will be made each year. So, if you just happen to be one of those that can’t wait to get your paws on one, you’re going to have to act fast because four of the ten that are being made for 2010 have already been scooped up.

As for the rest of us, who will only own a Venom GT in the form of desktop wallpapers, these ‘official’ photos of the Lotus-derived machine is about as close to a God-send as we can get.

We don’t know about you, but we already have ours set up.

Source: Hennessey

Lotus Australia has just received an addition to their lineup fresh off the heels of delivering their first truly all new car in years , the Evora , and the release of a hard core track tuned Lotus Exige Cup , the lightweight English sports car builder has just revealed another version of their compact thrill machine. The Lotus Elise Club Racer is a very simple and straightforward sports car that borrows a few shades of paint from Colin Chapman’s personal pallet from the 1960s, colors like Elite Yellow, Carbon Grey, Sky Blue and Old English White.

According to the Director of Lotus Cars , Luke Bennett, "Special Editions of the award winning Elise have always proved popular with our customers around the world, and I expect the Elise Club Racer to be no different. We have taken colour schemes from our past, used on the Elite and Elan in the 1960s and cleverly brought them up to date with a modern feel to the interior. The whole design package is modern with a classic twist, which of course matches the peerless ride and handling of a Lotus and the convertible experience of the Elise perfectly."

Called the Elise Club Racer, the new lightweight English sports car is based on the 134 HP version of the Lotus Elise Lotus Elise S and is scheduled to arrive in showrooms on September 15th and go on sale for around $40,000. The car makes use of silver and black highlights in the interior as well as an anthracite anodized gear knob and handbrake with the Club Racer "CR" logo embroidered everywhere. The Lotus engineers even saw fit to incorporate a smaller diameter steering wheel and a set of lightweight six spoke alloys for that extra sporty look and feel. The Elise Club Racer will make its official debut in February 2010 and will be priced at $72,990.

Press release after the jump.

Hennessey revealed today the first official renderings of the future Venom GT supercar. Based on a Lotus Elise sportscar, Venom Gt will make its official debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.

Hennessey Venom GT - first images

The Venom GT will be powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine borrowed from the Corvette ZR1 tuned to deliver a total of 1000 bhp @ 6600 rpm
and a peak torque of 950 lb-ft torque @ 4,800 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in 2,2 seconds and top speed will go up to 262 mph.

Specifications after the jump.

Source: Hennessey
Tiger-looking Lotus Elise Superlight looks mean and powerful

Admit it; the first time you looked at the photo, you thought the owner had some weird fascinations with tigers. How else do you explain this Lotus Elise Superlight in California that looks a lot like Tigress in the movie ‘Kung-Fu Panda’?

We don’t have too many details on the car but we’re thinking that with the way this Elise Superlight has been set up – notably the exposed rear engine - it’s probably got more power under its hood than a standard Lotus Elise romping around the streets these days.

You don’t find a lot of cars that can pull of the ‘ferocious feline’ look and get away with it. This one sure does and it also should help that it’s got the power of one too.

Source: Jalopnik

Remember when Hertz announced that it was adding the Lotus Elise and the Lotus Exige to their fleet of rental cars? Well, now we know just how much it’s going to cost us to sit behind one of these bad boys for a day.

The rental car agency announced that the two Lotus models can be rented out for the princely sum of €458.54 per day in Italy and around $600 per day in the US. Unfortunately, that price doesn’t include insurance packages, which you’ll probably need if you do rent out one an Elise or an Exige.

It’s a lot more expensive than any of us previously thought, but then again, the thinking goes that if you can afford to pay that amount for a chance to blast off into the sunset with an Elise or an Exige, then it should be well worth every penny.

In addition to announcing the rental price for the two Lotuses, Hertz also announced that they are now offering a rental BMW Z4 sDrive 23i and aFiat 500 Barbie editio n. The Z4 will be available in selected dealerships in Spain with prices starting at €121 per day, while the Fiat 500 Roso will be available in The Netherlands for just €35 a day.

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