2009 Frankfurt Motor Show: Lotus Elise Club Racer

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2009

Lotus is coinciding the launch of its special edition Elise, called the Lotus Club Racer, with the start of the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 15.

Similar to the basic Elise, the Club Racer uses the entry-level model's Toyota-sourced 1.8-litre engine and five-speed manual gearbox. This allows the car to go from 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 127mph.

However, the Club Racer's color schemes are described as modern with a classic twist, which is reminiscent of the Elite and Elan models of the 1960s.

Available colors for the Club Racer are yellow, gray, white, and the sky blue shade seen on last year's Exige Club Racer, which was available in a limited run of 25 cars.

The colors are mirrored on the cabin's metalwork, along with silver and black accents. Club Racer logos are found on the transmission tunnel and embroidered on the seatbacks.

Lightweight microfiber cushioning is used for the seats and the steering wheel is finished in black leather with a silver center marker. Special touches to its interiors include the anthracite-colored anodized aluminum flooring, gear knob and handbrake cover.

The Club Racer is fitted with anthracite six-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in bespoke rubber from Yokohama. The Club Racer costs exactly the same as a standard Elise S at £26,662.

Press Release

Lotus Elise Club Racer

Making its debut at the 2009 IAA in Frankfurt, 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.

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 Lotus 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 Lotus Elise Club Racer.

Other exclusive interior design features of the Lotus Elise 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 Lotus Elise have always proved popular with our customers around the world, and I expect the Lotus 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 Lotus Elise S and goes on sale on 15th September 2009.

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