Lotus Elise Club Racer – entry level variant loses 24 kg

Lotus Elise Club Racer – entry level variant loses 24 kg
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As shown in Paris 2010, the future of Lotus may be gradually moving away from its basic, stripped out roots – one needs more luxury to tempt customers away from Porsche and Ferrari – but the marque’s new guardians promise to maintain the brand’s USP, which is performance through lightweight. That mantra’s perfect example is this Geneva debutant, the Lotus Elise Club Racer.

We all know that the sub 900 kg Elise is one of the most basic sportscars around, but Lotus has managed to further trim more than 24 kg off its scales. This is from a lighter battery (saves 5.4 kg), the removal of the soft top roof (5.9 kg) and to the extent of replacing the standard badges with stickers (60 grams). Among the other things removed are the Elise’s radio/speakers, noise insulation and carpets, central locking, passenger footrest, mud flaps and the airbags.

Lotus Elise Club Racer – entry level variant loses 24 kg
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The base Elise’s 1.6-litre 1ZR-FAE engine remains unchanged, although there’s an optional Club Racer Power Pack for the track which ups power from 134 hp to 139 hp. Also new is the Sport setting for the DPM (Dynamic Performance Management) that “allows even the less experienced sports car drivers to feel at the top of their game”. It can be fully switched off, of course.

“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 epitomises everything that’s cool about the Elise – it’s fast, raw, responsive and a huge amount of fun to drive,” said Wolf Zimmermann, Chief Technical Officer Lotus Cars.

At £27,500, this is not only the purest, but cheapest Lotus one can buy today.

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Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.

 

Comments

  • mohsin on Feb 28, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Interesting!
    Is it approved for our otr use?

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  • Malaysia Memang Boleh on Feb 28, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Lotus Elise on a strict diet,I wish I lose 24 kg too :)

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  • ynnad on Feb 28, 2011 at 10:54 am

    It’s got no roof. Looks like purely a track car.

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  • gangully on Feb 28, 2011 at 11:01 am

    it looks a lot like a california from the front don’t you think?

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  • squall_shinoda on Feb 28, 2011 at 11:39 am

    This is indeed the true Lotus as what stated in Colin Chapman’s philosophy – “Performance Through Lightweight Body”.

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    • aduss on Feb 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm

      “Horsepower makes you fast in a straight line, lightness makes you fast everywhere” – Colin Chapman

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  • 4G63tDSM on Feb 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Thats a picture of the New Car?

    I though the AD07’s were already discontinued last year or so.. Can’t really tell if those are Hankook RS2s ..but they look like Yokos.

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  • nabill on Feb 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    the front looks too much like a fish , doesnt look racy enough…with thy have it in black!

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  • VoidDance on Feb 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I’ve said it earlier and I going to say it again.

    This is the proper replacement for the legendary Lotus 7. Strip to basic and let it loose on the track. Group Lotus need not to do anything about this Elise for about another 50 years. It will keep on going and people will just buy it for the sheer pleasure of driving it.

    This, will make Colin Chapman smile.

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  • Black Dog on Feb 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Other car companies lose weight by REPLACING with lighter materials, while Lotus do it by TAKING AWAY items like the roof, speakers and even airbags???

    They are using Proton’s idea (eg bare basis Saga) on Lotus???

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    • They did both replacing and taking away….just how Porsche and other performance car manufacturer did to their cup car…..pls read carefully

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    • rally_fan00 on Feb 28, 2011 at 11:40 pm

      if you dont know what a “club racer” is, please move along..

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  • kokopai on Feb 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    “and to the extent of replacing the standard badges with stickers (60 grams).” .. i lolled

    If 60 gms count, than the driver should:
    (1) remove all jewelery & accessories prior to driving this vehicle
    (2) never wear any clothes, not even underwears..

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  • nebula87 on Feb 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Lotus Elise B-Line???

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  • Kamal on Feb 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Why Lotus still don’t place a Campro engine into their car?

    Proton Why?

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  • confused on Feb 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    aka Lotus Elise BLM… for pure track use…

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  • Hope to see it wear proton badge and campro cps or cfe engine with exora pricetag…ill trade my neo cps for this

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