Exclusive series Lotus EliseAugust 26, 2016
Lotus has introduced a new version of the sports car Elise – 250 Special Edition. The Roadster was the most easy and quick version of the model, which allowed riding on public roads.
Ever since Colin Chapman Lotus has always sought to build the lightest sport or car racing. Any savings in weight are always welcomed. Sometimes even the expense of security. What is surprising is that for the anniversary of the “new” factory, now is a veteran Lotus Elise, lost weight again?
To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of moving to Norfolk Lotus began early this year, when launched into a series of exclusive edition Lotus Evora. Now it’s time for a veteran of the plant – Lotus Elise. It’s not just the Elise. This is Elise Cup 250 Special Edition. Such cars will be built only 50 pieces. What is the “specialty” of the model. If the standard Elise Cup 250 weighs 931 kg, the Special Edition 899 total. This is 32 kilograms less than the standard Elise and one kilogram less than its track modifications – Race 250.
This saving has been achieved through more extensive use of carbon fiber. So front spoiler, a removable hard top, the rear cover “boot” are now made from it. All of this is painted in one of the four new colors: classic blue, yellow, red or white metallic.
The engines have not changed at all. It’s all the same 1.8-liter Toyota’s turbocharged units of power 243 hp and a torque of 250 Nm. Bring it, as expected, the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission with a sporty set of gears. And electronic differential lock is already in the base. As a result – 4.3 seconds up to a hundred and 248 km/h top speed. Test track “Lotus” in Hetele sports car overcomes in 1 minute 34 seconds – 0.5 seconds slower track options 250 Race.
The only problem – a minimum of comfort. Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Hard Top, and even mats are not available. All of this can be offered and installed additional. But then do not blame the weight grew. The price list is provided all the way up to the infotainment system with iPod support and Bluetooth.
From what is offered once – forged alloy wheels dimension of 16 inches in front and 17 behind and a black matte color of the rear-view mirrors, diffuser and a few little things on the body. Roadster got a custom anti-roll bar, Bilstein dampers, Eibach springs and racing brakes.
Lotus warns that all who wish to receive such a machine, you need a serious hurry. No records will be gone. There is a total of 50 cars, which will go on free sale. In the United Kingdom for the Elise 250 Special Edition Lotus ask for 47,900 pounds, the price in Germany will be 64,000 euros in France – 64 540 in Italy – 67 980 and in Japan for the special version will have to pay 9.4 million yen.
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