Auto/Car | April 12, 20192016 – LOTUS ELISE CUP 250
Lotus has just introduced a new model that is at the top of the Lotus Elise line. This is the new Lotus Elise Cup 250, which will replace the Lotus Elise Cup 220 and position itself as the fastest Lotus Elise homologated to drive the streets.In terms of design, the Lotus Elise Cup 250 is easily differentiated from other models in the line thanks to its aerodynamic carbon fiber package that includes a front splitter, side skirts and a rear diffuser. The use of carbon fiber in these components reduces the weight by 10 kg, and the 16 and 17 inch alloy wheels (front and rear) also contribute to this weight savings along with the carbon fiber seats.The interior seeks minimalism to leave all the space possible for lightness and performance. It has a leather-wrapped steering wheel, front airbags, button-down and seat covers in red or black Alcantara.The 931 kg weight package is equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with compressor. It develops 246 horsepower being able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.3 seconds. The top speed is 248 km / h. The transmission is a six-speed manual.The chassis features an adjustable stabilizer bar, specific Bilstein dampers and Eibach springs, as well as an improved brake system, according to the higher power, with 288 mm ventilated discs on both axles and two-piston calipers in the front and one on the back. All of these improvements allowed the Lotus Elise Cup 250 to take a spin on the brand test circuit in Hethel, UK, in 1 minute 34 seconds, four seconds less than the model it replaces.The Lotus Elise Cup 250 will go on sale next April with a starting price of 61,100 euros in Germany. Buy toyota 4runner cover from here.
2016 – LOTUS ELISE RACE 250
Another day we said that the next generation of the Lotus Elise could arrive in 2020, and this week the British brand introduced the Lotus Elise Race 250. A model based on the Elise Cup 250, but different from this, will not be able to run on open roads. The new model only for circuits intends to surpass the previous Elise Cup 220 R.The engine will be the same as the Lotus Elise Cup 250, a 1.8-liter supercharged gasoline with four cylinders. It will have the same power: 246 hp and 250 Nm of torque that is passed to the wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. This is the only element shared by both vehicles. In the Elise Race 250 we will find a series of new components that will make it even more efficient.We are talking about adjustable Nitron shock absorbers, sports brakes and polycarbonate rear window. Its interior will be that of a race car, with bucket seats of carbon fiber and with belts of six points, besides a steering wheel that can be withdrawn. This achieves a very low weight, below 900 kg – 31 kg less than the Cup 250.That’s with the optional Carbon Aero Pack. It is a body kit that adds some parts, such as the front splitter, the airfoil and the carbon fiber rear diffuser. Its standard body has already been adjusted for better aerodynamics. It can generate 66 kg of aerodynamic load at 161 km / h and no less than 155 kg of load at 248 km / h, which is its maximum speed. The Lotus Elise Race 250 is available from 53,500 pounds with a 20% tax included (about 230,000 reais).
2016 – LOTUS ELISE SPORT
Lotus introduced two new versions of Elise. This is the Elise Sport and the Elise Sport 220 that come to replace both Elise and Elise S. In addition to returning with the designation Sport – the last time was in the Esprit Sport 350 in 1999 -, the British brand made a reduction of 10 kg in both models in relation to the predecessors.In this way, the Sport passes to 866 kg and the Sport 220 now weighs 914 kg. The diet will not have much impact on performance, but according to the British brand, it is reflected in consumption. The new models announce a consumption of 19.2 and 15.9 km / l, respectively. CO2 emissions remained unchanged.The two new Elises come with new sports seats lighter in leather and Alcantara, with option of coating in tartan fabric that refers to the Esprit S1 that debuted in 1976. Aesthetically, it is also noticeable for the silver and black wheels in the measures of 16 and 17 inches. Optionally, there are forged wheels, 5 kg lighter. A black diffuser comes as standard. There are also ten different body colors available. Also available is a hard top, air conditioning, cruise control and an upgraded Clarion sound system.The engines have not changed. The Sport has a block 1.6 gasoline with 137 hp and Sport 220 with a 1.8 petrol producing 220 hp. Both have six-speed manual transmission. They arrive on the European market next December.
2016 – LOTUS 3-ELEVEN
The new British model produces 457 hp and weighs less than 900 kg. It is the fastest Lotus production model, and also the most expensiveLotus today unveiled 3-Eleven at the Goodwood Festival, which takes place this weekend in the UK. The model is the first in a series that the brand should launch, but already arrives as being the fastest and most expensive ever produced by the British brand.Available in the market from the first half of 2016, the 3-Eleven will have a production limited to 311 units, between versions with specifications for road and track.The track version weighs less than 900 kg and announces an acceleration of 0 to 100 km / h in less than three seconds and reaches a top speed of 280 km / h. The engine is a 3.5-liter Toyota supercharged V6, the same as the Evora 400, now developing 457 hp at 7,000 rpm and 450 Nm of maximum torque at 3,500 rpm. In the “road legal” version, the engine is coupled to a six-speed short-stroke manual transmission and features a self-locking Torsen-type differential. The track version features a six-speed sequential transmission.Both versions have an aluminum monobloc chassis. The road option with a roll-cage and the track version with additional protection bars. Lotus reports that bodywork is made from a new composite material never before applied in a production model and that it is 40% lighter than fiberglass.The 3-Eleven has 225/40 R18 tires on the front axle and 275/35 R19 tires on the rear axle. For braking account with the aid of four pistons AP Racing plungers and a ABS system of Bosch with regulation Lotus.
2017 – LOTUS EXIGE SPORT 380
Lotus is once again surprised by a new and even more radical evolution of the Elise / Exige family. The new Lotus Exige Sport 380 becomes the most radical alternative of the line. With even lower weight and more power, it becomes the most powerful and fastest Exige ever manufactured to date. An authentic rocket for the track, although this version is homologated for the streets.Lotus engineers were able to extract another 49 kg from the small Exige, achieving an empty weight of only 1,076 kilograms compared to the 1,125 kilograms of the Exige Sport 350. This was achieved thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber, as in various elements of the body, in addition to using new elements, such as a new lithium-ion battery, much lighter.The new name is due to the new power number, as the British brand was able to squeeze another 30 hp from the supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine of Toyota origin, so now the power is 385 hp and 420 Nm of maximum torque.This allows the new Exige Sport 380 to be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.7 seconds, with both automatic and manual transmission options. Its maximum speed is 286 km / h, providing a weight / power ratio of 342 hp per ton.The exterior has been updated with a new aerodynamic package, very similar to that already used in the Exige Sport 350, which was studied in the wind tunnel and is capable of generating up to 140 kilos of downforce. The new components have been made from carbon fiber, such as new wings and baffles.
201- LOTUS EVORA 4006
Lotus will showcase a renewed Evora at the Geneva Motor Show, equipping it with more dynamic and more efficient skills.The Lotus Evora 400 thus assumes itself as an evolved sports car in which two-thirds of its components are new, including the 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine capable of producing 406 hp and 410 Nm of torque.
This allows the new Evora 400 to reach 300 km / h of maximum speed and accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.2 seconds. At the Hethel UK test track, the Evora 400 beats the time of the previous one in six seconds per lap. The work done at the engine level allows reducing emissions to 225 g / km of CO2 (220 g / km of CO2 in the case of automatic).To reduce weight and improve its dynamic credentials, the Evora 400 uses an aluminum body chassis made from composite materials, making it 22 kg lighter than the previous model, but with greater torsional stiffness. The self-locking differential is also present and the brakes are larger, but lighter.Speaking about the new model, Lotus Group executive director Jean-Marc Gales reports that “a requirement for all Lotus cars is to be an example in terms of behavior, being the fastest car in point A to B and providing the driver with a pure and engaging driving experience. The Evora 400 is the fastest road vehicle we’ve ever produced, with performances that can only be matched by cars that cost significantly more. “Jean-Marc Gales’ confidence in this model is such that it expects to increase sales in the coming months: “Our dealer network is 168 worldwide and is still growing to reach 200 by the end of 2015, our sales volume increased 50% in the last ten months. The new Lotus Evora 400 will mean an important milestone in Lotus’s history. “The production of the new Evora 400 starts later this semester and deliveries begin in August. Prices will be announced closer to the model’s arrival to the dealers.
2016 – LOTUS EXIGE 350 SPECIAL EDITION
This year 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Hethel plant, home to so many glorious Lotus models. Therefore, the British sports car brand has launched three special editions this year, with the Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition being the last one. The previous two were the Lotus Evora 400 and the Lotus Elise 250.As in the two previous cases, production was limited to only 50 units, one for each year of the factory. They are special editions that go beyond a simple change of color, offering more equipment and a commemorative plaque, also gaining in sportsmanship and performance. Like this, its price was also high.
The Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition is based on the Lotus Exige Sport 350. The designers of this compact and high performance coupe managed to eliminate 26 kilos, which although it seems little, were taken from a car that is already lightweight. In this way, the total weight of the set is 1,099 kilos according to the brand, saving weight on wheels, seats and battery.The engine in charge of moving this sports car is a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 that produces, as the model’s own name indicates, 350 hp, so the power-to-weight ratio is 3.14 kilograms per cv. Its transmission is only available with a six-speed manual transmission, which sends the energy produced by the V6 turbo to the rear axle. Its good weight / power ratio allows it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 4 seconds. No less surprising is its top speed: 274 km / h, which comes to be impressive in such a light vehicle.