At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Lotus will launch the Elise Club Racer, a more extreme, stripped-out version of its baby Elise that is meant for track day use. And because the new Lotus Elise Club Racer is lighter, it is expected to offer slightly better performance. The Elise Club Racer features a more sophisticated chassis set-up than the regular car.
The most significant change is the installation of a Sport mode to Lotus’s Dynamic Performance Management chassis control. The new set-up is still linked to the same parameters as a regular Elise, including corner brake control, drag torque control, differential lock, traction control, stability control, ABS, hydraulic brake assist and electronic brake distribution.
However, the new set-up takes out understeer recognition and it raises the amount of traction slip allowed. The carmaker asserted that the new setting gives more vehicle control to the driver of the Lotus Elise Club Racer before an intervention is necessary.
For enhanced configurability, the Lotus Elise Club Racer also gets an adjustable front anti-roll bar, instead of the standard Elise’s fixed item. The Elise Club Racer remains powered by an engine with a displacement of 1.6 liters; however, the optional, track-only Club Racer Power Pack is offering a slight boost in max power output, from 134 bhp to 139 bhp.
The Lotus Elise Club Racer is expected to be quicker, since it weighs nearly 25 kg less than a standard car. The weight is lower due to the use of a lightweight battery (5.4 kg), the use of a decal instead of a badge (60 g) and the removal of the soft-top roof (5.9 kg).
A few kilos were also dropped from the total weight of the Lotus Elise Club Racer with the deletion from the spec of the central locking, radio and speakers, noise insulation and carpets, passenger footrest, mud flaps and the driver’s and passenger’s airbag. Lotus claims to achieve total weight savings of 24.96 kg.
In addition, the Lotus Elise Club Racer is offered in six colors, and has been fitted with a new design of 12-spoke alloy wheel. It is offered at a price of £27,500, £600 lower than a Lotus Elise S.
Headquartered in Hethel, United Kingdom, Lotus Cars manufactures sports cars and racing cars. Lotus Cars also owns Lotus Engineering, an engineering consultancy firm. Lotus Cars was formed as Lotus Engineering Ltd. by Colin Chapman and Colin Dare in 1952. The four letters found in the logo refers to the initials of Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman.