The eagerly anticipated ‘Gran Turismo 5 Prologue’ for PlayStation®3 was released by Sony Computer Entertainment UK at a recent launch event in London’s Marble Arch and was supported by Lotus Cars who has two versions of the iconic Elise in the game.
One of the capital’s largest underground car parks was transformed into the GT5 Pit Lane which boasted some of the stars of the game which is heralded as one of the most realistic to date. Alongside the legendary 1996 Lotus Elise and the now iconic 2004 Elise 111R, other heroes of the game turned out to support the event including Audi R8, Aston Martin DB9, Corvette Z06, Dodge Viper SRT10, Ford GT, TVR Tuscan Speed 6, Ford GT and a Ferrari 599.
Lotus is particularly excited about this most recent version of the GT series as it has a distinct British flavour. For the first time the GT Series includes a London city circuit enabling fans to race around some of the city’s most popular landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross, the National Portrait Gallery and Trafalgar Square.
Lotus today announced pricing for the 2008 Elise SC, the newest addition to the 2008 Lotus line-up: $104,990, excluding dealer delivery and government charges and an extra $8000 for the Elise Touring Pack or $7000 for the Elise Sport Pack.
As you might expect of a car with 217 hp and weighing only 903 kg (1987 lbs), the performance of the Elise SC is electrifying – 0-60 mph in 4.4 secs; 0-100 mph in 10.7 secs; top speed 150 mph.
In addition to this extreme performance, the fuel economy of the Elise SC is equally impressive with an estimated combined figure of 8.5litres/100km.
Light weight has benefits for acceleration, handling, ride comfort, braking and the environment. Braking comes from AP Racing callipers at the front and Brembo calipers at the rear linked to 282mm vented and cross-drilled cast iron discs – you’d never call an Elise ‘under braked’.
An advanced ABS system incorporates an anti-lock system which is so unobtrusive, most drivers will not realise it’s working – unless it’s needed, and even then the system keeps a subtly low profile. The ABS system is linked to a lightweight pedal box with steel pedal arms and extruded aluminum pads. This unit also has an electronic (drive-by-wire) throttle for quick, smooth and more linear engine response.
As we said this week the Scuderia Ferrari F2007 monopost will be available for all the fans in the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue for 2,000,000 credits. Thanks to gtplanet.net we are able to show you today how the Lotus Elise and F2007 F1 monopost will actually perform in a race. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will be launched on March 27 and will offer a new perspective over what we know as car video games! Enjoy the videos!
Lotus Cars is very pleased to release its limited edition for Mainland Europe – the Lotus Elise S 40th Anniversary Limited Edition. This unique limited edition is based on the entry-level model of the Elise Range – the Elise S –
and commemorates the 40th anniversary of production at the Lotus factory in Hethel in 2007.
Lotus today revealed the official informations about the 2008 line-up. The company prepared increased levels of performance for both Elise and
Exige, but the big news is the supercharged Elise SC, a 217 hp version of the multi award-winning roadster, easily identified by its new rear spoiler and unique new design of alloy road wheels.
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In 1997 Lotus unveiled the Lotus Elise GT1 Type 115, a derivative of the Lotus Elise powered by the 3.5 litre eight-cylinder engine from the Lotus Esprit V8. A Hewland six-speed sequential gear box helped transfer the 580 horsepower to the rear wheels. The body is carbon-fibre and the chassis is an aluminum unit borrowed from the Elise. Ventilated disc brakes were fitted on all four-corners. The vehicle could accelerate from 0 to 60mph in just 3.8 seconds and top speed was achieved at (...) > Full story
The wreck is all that remains form a Lotus Elise. After an accident on Bee Caves Road the driver of this sports car, Jack Griffith was killed. The speedometer frees at close to 120 mph, so the speed was more than this. The construction of the Elsie enables to obtain low weight, and very good performances. But the construction with the aluminum and the size of the car couldn’t keep with the safety in case of an accident at such speeds. The car just disintegrates with all the pieces (...) > Full story