• Sep 3, 2009
Lotus Elise Club Racer - Click above for high-res image gallery

Guess what? Yet another special edition of the Lotus Elise is scheduled to make a grand entrance at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month. This one, called the Elise Club Racer, is based on the 134-horsepower Elise S, and we don't think it's headed to America at this time. Pity, since the unique color schemes – Elite Yellow, Carbon Grey, Sky Blue and Old English White –offered on the Club Racer look pretty good and are fitting representations of classic Lotus cars from the past like the Elite and Elan.

Inside, Club Racer buyers will be greeted with seats finished with "microfiber comfort pads" that Lotus claims are "perfectly positioned to give the right amount of support with the minimal amount of weight." Sounds, well... perfect. Whichever body color is chosen will be repeated on the transmission tunnel and the footwells and gear knob are formed in anodized aluminum. Outside, an attractive set of lightweight six-spoke aluminum wheels shod with sticky Yokohama AD07 LTS tires are done up in matching anthracite anodizing.

The Lotus Elise Club Racer goes on sale in select markets starting on September 15, but whether you are in the position to buy one or not, you can check out the high-res pics in our gallery below and the press release after the jump.




PRESS RELEASE:

Lotus Elise Club Racer – the perfect combination of performance, efficiency and style

Making its debut at the I.A.A. in Frankfurt 2009, the Special Edition Lotus Elise Club Racer introduces new and exclusive colour schemes, bespoke interior and lightweight components all in a world class, high performance and low emission sportscar.
• 179 g/km CO2
• 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds
• 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds
• Combined cycle fuel consumption: 37.2 mpg or 7.6l/100km

Lotus has taken four of the classic colour schemes used by Lotus in the 1960s (Elite Yellow, Carbon Grey, Sky Blue and Old English White) and combined them with exclusive Club Racer interior design features to give a stunning sportscar that beautifully morphs function and form.

The firm and supportive Elise seats are clad with lightweight microfibre comfort pads perfectly positioned to give the right amount of support with the minimal amount of weight, but still keeping the body coloured seat shell partly exposed.

The exterior body colour theme is carried over to the transmission tunnel and combined with silver and black paint highlights, bisecting the cockpit and tying together the whole sporty theme unique to the Club Racer.

Other exclusive interior design features of the Club Racer are the anthracite anodised gear knob and handbrake sleeve, the Club Racer (CR) logo hand embroidered on the seat headrest and the unique anodized aluminium flooring in the driver's and passenger's footwell. The small 320 mm diameter leather rimmed steering wheel has an on-center marker, enabling the more spirited driver to quickly and safely identify the straight ahead position of the front wheels.

The lightweight six spoke alloy wheels, shod in bespoke Yokohama AD07 LTS tyres are also anthracite anodised, complementing the key interior components.

Luke Bennett, Director of Lotus Cars said, "Special Editions of the award winning Elise have always proved popular with our customers around the world, and I expect the Elise Club Racer to be no different. We have taken colour schemes from our past, used on the Elite and Elan in the 1960s and cleverly brought them up to date with a modern feel to the interior. The whole design package is modern with a classic twist, which of course matches the peerless ride and handling of a Lotus and the convertible experience of the Elise perfectly."

The Lotus Elise Club Racer is based upon the 134 hp Elise S and goes on sale on 15th September 2009 priced as set out below.

Recommended retail prices for the following markets (MSRP) (including transport, local taxes and first service (but excluding registration, license plates and or a full tank of fuel):
Belgium € 34.475
France € 34.175
Italy € 34.770
Switzerland CHF 48.820

Recommended retail prices for the following markets (MSRP) (including local taxes (excluding transport, registration, license plates and or a full tank of fuel):
Germany € 33.125,--

Retail prices for the UK (MSRP)
Recommended retail price (including VAT) in the UK is £25,712, (an additional £950 is charged for on the road costs. These include delivery, PDI, first service, number plates, first registration fee, valet, 12 months Road Fund Licence and a full tank of fuel.)

Recommended retail prices for Euro Zone Countries (MSRP) (excluding local taxes, transport, registration, license plates and or a full tank of fuel):
Euro Zone Countries € 27.822,--


About Lotus

The main operating subsidiary of Group Lotus plc is Lotus Cars Limited, which has two operating divisions - Lotus Engineering and Lotus Cars. Lotus Engineering is an internationally recognised automotive engineering consultancy based in Norfolk, UK. Global facilities include those in Michigan (USA), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), China and offices in Germany and Japan.

Lotus Engineering provides comprehensive and versatile consultancy services to many of the world's OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, offering a full engineering service from initial concept and project design through development and integration of the complete vehicle to meet all worldwide markets and customers to full production. This includes third party niche vehicle engineering and manufacture worldwide.

Lotus Cars builds world class, prestige, high performance sports cars for sale in 37 countries. These include the iconic Lotus Elise, Exige, Europa and new Evora. 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.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I know this is a pure driver's car with great handling, but doesn't 0-60 in 5.7 seem a little slow? What am I missing? Seems like a small light car like this should be quicker.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Begs the question though, as it is a track car, why do I want it as a convertible?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well that is still way fast and would get you in trouble with the law with a quickness (no pun intended).

        Think about it. The thing only has 134hp. I think that's pretty impressive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you're coming off the curves at 0 mph in the first place, you have other problems than needing more hp to get to 60. These things are ultra responsive and efficient at getting their limited power to the road. The lack of weight means you can brake later and carry more speed into those corners and not need the power to get back up to speed that other cars would. I have a friend in Switzerland who has an original Elise, and believe me these things can be just a scary and fun as some of the more powerful machines - I could have sworn we were doing 100mph and not kph around certain corners because Lotus make it really easy to use the full limits of the car, compared to say a Mustang where if you hit the car's the limits on public roads you are either extremely talented or stupid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "I know this is a pure driver's car with great handling, but doesn't 0-60 in 5.7 seem a little slow?"

        Not to me. The goal of this car is to be as lightweight and sharp as humanly possible, not to outdrag Mustang GT's from a stoplight. Anyway, compared to its competition 0-60 in 5.7 seconds is pretty competitive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, 5.7 won't out drag a lot of things, in fact it strikes me as
        extremely average. Don't you want to get up to 60 in a hurry coming off the curves? Zippier would be more fun in my opinion.

        And why only 134hp? I clearly do not know enough about this to be commenting. Gas mileage is the most important thing on this? Don't know. Thanks for the info.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Considering the typical Euro to $US conversions...if this could sell here for $30-35,000, I'd be happy!
        • 5 Years Ago
        To each their own i guess...
        • 5 Years Ago
        For $35K I would rather have a 370z.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a track day car, stripped of all the (few) luxuries a regular Elise S has. So it's perhaps too uncomfortable for every day driving. Not sure it even has a radio.

      The really disappointing thing is the rather outdated Rover K series engine. The fuel consumption and emissions are not spectacular for such a lightweight car. Why can't Lotus get a more modern engine from let's say Toyota, as it already uses them in some other models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the colors schemes and anondized rims alot. I love that a soft top Lotus with good rear visibility has track purpose right out of the box, and yet can still be used for felony-speed secondary road pursuits. My problem is the numbers; and it's a major problem with me. I know it doesn't have a supercharger; but an SC with a 0-60 time of 4.4 is a lot more appealing to me than 5.7; on the track and on the road.
      I know it's less about numbers, than it is about feel. I have a rather tired '75 911S that stil makes me grin, even though it does 0-60 in about 9 seconds; I still enjoy drving it much more than my '08 WRX. I can get to 60 in under 6 seconds in the WRX, despite my -now completely obsolete I know- double-clutching habit (left over from my old racing days). Still, even with teh WRX getting me a sub 6 second time all winter, last year I couldn't wait for the snow to melt so I could get the 911 going.
      So, my point? I love road feel, I love telepathic steering. I hate when technology interferes with your relationship to the road (such as the nasty understeer of awd -a winter necessity where I live). I've been considering getting an Elise; probably an '06 (the wife won't "let" me afford a new one). But if I were to buy a new one (maybe if I can convince my wife's shoe closet), hands over fist it would be the SC. If Lotus wants to showcase the very best of their racing history, wouldn't their true loyalists expect the most advanced/fastest car Lotus can build today? Look at the 911 GT3. No supercharger and a total monster, with razor cornering. I'm not trying to compare it to the Elise, just using an analogy.
      So, what am I missing??? Feedback???