Lotus Elise Club Racer by linzhengnd

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									18 February 2011


Lotus Elise Club Racer
Maximum fun, minimum collateral




Anyone harbouring under the misapprehension that Lotus might be moving away from performance
through lightweight only needs to take a quick ride in the new 1.6 Lotus Elise Club Racer to know
that’s definitely not the case. The bright engineers at Lotus put even the lightest of Lotus’ modern
cars on a diet and managed to shed a further 24kg.

So how did Lotus manage to make one of the lightest models on the market even lighter? The
engineers behind the Elise Club Racer took a stripped-to-the-bare-bone approach visualised by the
body-coloured seats but materialised in many ways such as the motorsport derived lightweight
battery and the deletion of noise insulation. Attention to even the smallest of details has ensured
that Lotus’ passion for performance through lightweight has been translated throughout the car.

For the first time ever an Elise variant comes complete with a Sport setting for the DPM (Dynamic
Performance Management) allowing even the less experienced sports car drivers to feel at the top
of their game, while the ability to switch it off completely will please the more established track
orientated drivers. DPM combined with improved agility courtesy of Lotus finely tuned sport
suspension and an adjustable anti-roll bar will make the Elise Club Racer equally versatile for both
road and race track fun.

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 epitomises everything that’s cool about
the Elise – it’s fast, raw, responsive and a huge amount of fun to drive.”

Quality throughout the vehicle has been a top priority, highly regarded component suppliers such as
Eibach for springs and Bilstein for dampers ensure that the Elise Club Racer is a car of substance
as well as style.
The Elise Club Racer pleases the eye as well as the soul with a choice of six striking colours (Sky
Blue, Saffron Yellow, Ardent Red, Aspen White, Matt Black and Carbon Grey) and bespoke design
elements that emphasise the character of the car.

It’s pocket pleasing too, at £27,500 / €34,450 / CHF48,900, the Elise Club Racer marks the new
entry level sports car from Lotus. And with the Elise standard of just 149g CO2/km plus the weight
reduction, the new Club Racer provides maximum fun without so much of the green-guilt usually
associated with high performance driving.

Lotus Elise Club Racer: Purity, performance, pleasure - a TRUE Lotus.

ENDS



Notes to Editors

The Elise Club Racer is available in the following countries:

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy,
Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and UK.

Lotus Elise and Lotus Elise Club Racer Price Lists, Technical Specifications, Exterior
& Interior Specifications Options are available on our dedicated media website
www.lotuscars.com/mediacentre using the following details:

User name:         media
Password:          lotus

About Lotus

Group Lotus plc, is based in Norfolk, UK, and has three operating divisions: Lotus Cars, Lotus
Engineering and Lotus Motorsport.

Lotus Cars builds world class, high performance sports cars including the award-winning Evora,
the iconic Elise and the stunning Exige and the road / track orientated 2-Eleven. Lotus New Era, the
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future product line-up, was unveiled in Paris on 30 September 2010 featuring the new Esprit, Elan,
Elite, Elise and Eterne.

Lotus Engineering provides comprehensive and versatile consultancy services to many of the
world's OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers and is an internationally recognised automotive engineering
consultancy. Global facilities include those in the US, Malaysia, China and offices in Germany and
Japan, with rapid expansion in new territories such as South East Asia. Lotus is a global high-tech
company, expanding rapidly and committed to driving forward technology for both Lotus Cars and
its Engineering clients, spearheading research into such areas as hybrids, electric vehicles and
renewable fuels.

Lotus Motorsport operates the motorsports activities of Lotus and includes the strategy to return
the Lotus name to a great number of series including endurance racing with GT2, GT4 and LMP2,
single seater racing with GP2, GP3 and IndyCar. Lotus has also returned to F1 with Lotus Renault
GP from the start of the 2011 F1 racing season onwards.

For more information about Lotus please contact:
PR Department, Group Lotus plc, Potash Lane, Hethel, Norfolk, UK, NR14 8EZ
Tel: +44 (0)1953 608264 Email: pr@lotuscars.com

								
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