Lotus - Elise
The Lotus Elise is a roadster conceived in early 1994 and released in September 1996. It has a hand-finished fiberglass body atop an aluminium extrusion and bonded frame that provides a rigid platform for the suspension, keeping weight and production costs to a minimum. Capable of speeds up to 240 km/h (150 mph). The design philosophy of Lotus is "Performance through light weight", a philosophy first adopted by its founder, Colin Chapman. The motto drives Lotus to obtain very high performance with lightweight cars in spite of their relatively modest power outputs, with a strong emphasis on driving purity and dynamics. 
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Australia
Lotus Elise -click for a larger picture
Lotus Elise  2003
Lotus Elise
Location
Sydney
County
New South Wales NSW, Australia
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Number of persons:2 Luggage:1 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Leather interior:
France
Lotus Elise-click for a larger picture
Lotus Elise 1999
Lotus Elise Series 1
Location
Villebon sur Yvette, Essonne
County
20 km South of Paris
Number of persons:2 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:30 Gearbox:manual Leather interior: Audio:radio
GB (UK) England
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Lotus Elise 
Lotus Elise
Company
Bespokes
Location
Kings Cross
County
Central London, England
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Number of persons:2 Luggage: 1 small Minimum driver age:30 Gearbox:manual Power steering:
Lotus Elise 111R-click for a larger picture
Lotus Elise 111R 
Lotus Elise 111R
Company
Bespokes
Location
Kings Cross
County
Central London, England
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Number of persons:2 Luggage: Minimum driver age:30 Gearbox:manual
Lotus Elise 2001 Model-click for a larger picture
Lotus Elise 2001 Model 2001
Lotus Elise 2001 Model
Company
Bespokes
Location
Kings Cross
County
Central London, England
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Number of persons:2 Luggage: 1 small Minimum driver age:30 Gearbox:manual Leather interior: Audio: radio cd
Lotus Elise-click for a larger picture
Lotus Elise 1998
Lotus Elise S1
Location
Penrith
County
Cumbria, England
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Number of persons:2 Luggage:1 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Leather interior: Audio: radio cd
Lotus Elise-click for a larger picture
Lotus Elise 
Lotus Elise S1
Location
Easingwold
County
North Yorkshire
Number of persons:2 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual  5 speedLeather interior:
Lotus Elise -click for a larger picture
Lotus Elise  
Lotus Elise
Location
London
County
England
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Number of persons:2 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Leather interior:
USA
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Lotus Elise  2005
Lotus Elise
Location
San Francisco
County
California, CA, USA
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Number of persons:2 Luggage:1 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual 6 Speed ManualLeather interior: Audio:radio
Lotus Elise -click for a larger picture
Lotus Elise  2007
Lotus Elise SE
Location
Scottsdale
County
Arizona
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Number of persons:2 Luggage:1 small Minimum driver age:21 Gearbox:manual 6 SpeedLeather interior:
The result is a sports car that in production form in 1996 weighed in at just 720 kg (1,587 lb). Compare this to a Porsche Boxster which is also considered to be an extremely lightweight sports car but weighs nearly twice as much; 1,250 kg (2,756 lb). As a result, the Elise's acceleration (0-60mph in 5.8 seconds), braking, cornering, and fuel consumption (all of which are improved by reductions in a car's weight) were astonishing for an engine put out a relatively modest 120 bhp (89 kW), compared to the 201 bhp (149 kW) produced by the 1997 Porsche Boxster.

 

Although high-tech, it represented affordable cost of ownership for sports car lovers on a budget who still wanted performance and looks. Besides the "standard" higher-performance variants listed below, Lotus also released some limited edition models such as Sport 135 (1998/9) with approx 145 bhp (108 kW), Sport 160 (2000) with 150–160 bhp (112–119 kW) and Sport 190 (190 bhp / 142 kW). These were more competent on track with sports suspension, wheels and tyres, seats according to model.  There were other special editions which were basically cosmetic treatments such as the 50th Anniversary Edition (green/gold) celebrating 50 years of Lotus cars, the Type 49 ("Gold Leaf" red and white two-tone), and Type 72 ("JPS" black/gold) to recall their successful Grand Prix car type numbers.  

 

The original Elise, called the Series 1 was augmented by a faster edition called the 111S, named after the Lotus type-number of the Elise — M111. The 111S was introduced in early 1999 and contained a VVC Rover K-Series engine with a modified head and VVT type technology producing a declared 143 bhp (107 kW) rather than the standard Rover 1.8 L K-series 118 bhp (88 kW) unit, along with a closer ratio gearbox and lower ratio final drive. It also had more padding in the seats. The 111S also received some cosmetic changes including: headlamp covers, rear spoiler, cross drilled brake discs, alloy window winders and a new 6 spoke road wheel design.  

 

The Series 2 Elise model comes in European 111R version or a version sold in North America, called the Federal Elise. It is powered by the all-aluminium 189 hp (141 kW) 1.8L DOHC Toyota engine with a Yamaha designed twin-cam head offering variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust valvetrain, a 6 speed manual Toyota gearbox. The Series 2 model is acclaimed as the best version of the Elise to date, with tremendous performance numbers, with many tests resulting in 0–60 mph (0–100 km/h) in approximately 4.9 seconds or 4.7 seconds with the Sport Package. The engine management computer is a Lotus programmed unit. A radical cam timing shift at ~6,000 rpm makes the car feel like it has two different engines.

 

Source: Wikipedia.
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