Speed of light... Lo­tus sheds weight to set the pace

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE -

LO­TUS ELISE has been around for a while. Since 1994, to be pre­cise. And the hand-built sports car has won a place in the hearts of proper car en­thu­si­asts.

But all has been quiet on the new car front for white a while. Never mind, here comes a new it­er­a­tion: the Sprint edi­tion.

It is lighter (by 41kg), smarter (thanks to a new front and rear) and bet­ter equipped. Not a new model but an in-depth up­grade which is ex­pected to spark fresh in­ter­est in a car which of­fers su­per­car per­for­mance for sports car prices.

To date nearly 33,000 Elises have been hand built at Lo­tus’ fa­mous Hethel fac­tory.

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lo­tus plc. said, “Once again, the Elise con­tin­ues to re­de­fine what is pos­si­ble in terms of adding light­ness to a sports car. Whilst other man­u­fac­tur­ers try to keep pace with Lo­tus’ weight re­duc­tion achieve­ments, we’ve raised the bar be­yond their reach.”

This diet means it touches 60mph in 5.9 sec­onds and 4.1 sec­onds for the Elise Sprint and Elise Sprint 220 re­spec­tively.

Lo­tus un­der­stands the im­por­tance of en­gine note, and acous­tic en­gi­neers have spent time al­ter­ing the sound of the more pow­er­ful Elise Sport 220 and Elise Sprint 220 mod­els.

Elise prices start at £32,300.

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