The Lotus Elise has never been a car accused of being overweight, but that still hasn’t stopped Lotus from putting the sportscar on another diet to lose a few pounds. The result of that weight loss is the new Club Racer model which is 53 lbs lighter than the standard production model. In order to obtain reduction in weight for the lighter model, Lotus has opted for a stripped-to-the-bare-bone approach, meaning lighter seats, a lightweight battery, and the deletion of noise insulation.

Wolf Zimmermann Chief Technical Officer Lotus Cars said: "The traditional Lotus approach of reduction and purity has lead to one of the most zeitgeist and contemporary sports cars around. For over 15 years the Lotus Elise has become an icon in the sports car market, carving out a niche market with a dedicated following of lightweight fans. The new Club Racer will definitely give these people something extra to get their teeth stuck into. This car epitomizes everything that’s cool about the Elise – it’s fast, raw, responsive and a huge amount of fun to drive."

More details on the Lotus Elise Club Racer after the jump.

  • 2012 Lotus Elise Club Racer
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  • Engine:
    four-cylinder engine
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    134HP at 6800 rpm
  • Torque @ RPM:
    160 Nm 118 lbs ft of torque at 4400 rpm
  • Displacement:
    1.6L L
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Exterior and Interior

2012 Lotus Elise Club Racer Exterior
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The exterior of the Lotus Elise racer is almost identical to that of the standard model because the company’s main focus to lower the car’s total curb weight. This was accomplished by adding lighter seats, a lightweight battery, and stripping the car of its noise insulation.

A first in an Elise model is a Sport setting for the DPM (Dynamic Performance Management), a tuned sport suspension, and an adjustable anti-roll bar. The model will be offered in six striking colors (Sky Blue, Saffron Yellow, Ardent Red, Aspen White, Matte Black, and Carbon Grey) and bespoke design elements that emphasize the character of the car.


2012 Lotus Elise Club Racer Exterior
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As with the standard model, the Elise Club Racer is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 134HP at 6800 rpm and 160 Nm 118 lbs ft of torque at 4400 rpm. However, with it being a thinner model, we expect to see a slight improvement over the usual 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 6.7 seconds.


In Europe, the model is priced at €34,450, or about $46,500 at the current exchange rates, making it the cheapest Elise available. Not bad for better performance.


2012 Lotus Elise Club Racer Exterior
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The Lotus Elise takes on models like the Audi TTS and the BMW Z4.

The TTS is a powered by a 2-liter TFSI engine that delivers a total of 272 hp and 258.15 lb-ft of torque from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 60mph is now made in 5.2 seconds while top speed is limited to 155 mph. The Z4 gets a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six with increased air flow and more boost pressure. The result is an output of 335 HP at 5,900 RPM and a peak torque of 332 lb-ft from 1,500 RPM to 4,500 RPM. The sprint from 0 to 60 MPH is made in just 4.7 seconds, while the car’s top speed is limited to 155 MPH.

Some may consider these vehicles worthy opponents of the Elise, but we wouldn’t take any of them over the Elise model. For us, the Elise has everything a sports car needs: an impressive exterior look, a powerful engine, and a reasonably good price.

2012 Lotus Elise Club Racer Exterior
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  (441) posted on 02.13.2012

Lotus Elise Club Racer has impressive outlook and improved interior. I like the exotic color of the club racer.

  (498) posted on 12.19.2011

This club racer is so awesome on its simplicity! Well, I can say that I would prefer the sweet looks of this vehicle than on its competitor. However, I am really disappointed on its engine.

  (683) posted on 12.4.2011

It’s nice that they still use the platform of its ancestor, and I must say that Elise Club Racer is absolutely looks so cute and attractive on that. It is also looking great and appealing with its light body paint.

  (474) posted on 10.11.2011

I love the looks of this Club Racer, though I didn’t see any special on this Club Racer and the fact that it is a race car, I was expecting it to have a powerful engine, but I’m still disappointed with it. smiley

  (530) posted on 09.1.2011

I like the car also the hood of the car. The color of the wheel and the rims are great. But i don’t know if the performance of this car is good.

  (647) posted on 05.13.2011

The varying of colors that suits so well, The lighter features of this concept come great deals of lighter speed with effective fuel efficiency output. 

  (367) posted on 05.10.2011

This car gives a pretty cool structure,And actually it everything cool that makes you devoted for this one of a kind concept of Lotus.

  (398) posted on 05.5.2011

Well, Its kinda great the interior design and the curve structure of this type of model,It has impressive exterior look.

  (151) posted on 02.22.2011

Impressive exterior look? Common! I mean this would be the single fact that will make me never purchase this car. It literally looks like a ugly frog from a children cartoon, that drink the blue shampoo from the bathroom!

  (273) posted on 02.21.2011

It’s a lovely color combination and great little Lotus Elise as well, just hope Lotus will keep this in production forever.

  (613) posted on 02.21.2011

Looks like a Noble M600 miniature. same color combo and track-focused credentials. Lotus are moving in the right direction at last with ’speed through lightness’ philosophy of Colin Chapman. Talk about the Elise of life! Hope the Elise doesn’t become Carrera fat with unnecessary spec next year.

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