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Elise

Elise (United Kingdom, 1996)

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History

The Lotus Elise is a compact and innovative sports car released in 1996. The Elise was named after Elisa, the granddaughter of Romano Artioli, Lotus chairman at the time. 



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Engine and Transmission

The standard Lotus Elise of the first generation has a Rover K-series engine with 4 cylinders and 1796 cc. All this makes the car reach 202 km/h. The car has 118 hp and it goes from 0 to 100 km/h in six seconds. It has a manual 5 speed transaxle transmission.



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Chassis

Aluminium 

  Platform (no data)   Suspension Double wishbones with single coil springs   Steering Rack & Pinion   Brakes 282mm cast iron ventilated discs



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Body and Design

Lotus main goal was to build a lightweight car with a good performance. The car weights 755 kg, it has 3726 mm of overall length, and it is 1701 mm wide and 1202 mm tall. Although it is heavier than originally planned, the Lotus Elise was one of the lightest sport cars at the time.

The focus on the car was the performance and the accessories were kept to a minimum. It came without airbags, ABS, electric windows, radio, adjustable steering, or spare wheel. However, Lotus Elise features many modern electronics that were new at the time of its launching. The result was a high-tech car with a relative affordable price for its segment.



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The name that was given to this Lotus model derives from Romano Artioli’s granddaughter Elisa, as Artioli was the company’s chairman by that time. The brand’s main goal when this car was thought of was to maintain weight and production costs as low as possible, by manufacturing a pure sports car that’s free of accessories and has a rather modest engine. The Elise is also known for its hand-finished fiberglass body skin and quite stiff ...  more

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