One of the upsides of Colin Chapman’s philosophy of “adding lightness” is that Lotus sports cars are typically very efficient relative to their performance levels. Such is the case with the Elise, which is one of the lightest cars on the market today. At the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, Lotus will release a new Club Racer special edition of the Elise. The Club Racer gets the base 134 hp four cylinder engine offered in Europe along with some reduced-weight components.
The Club Racer gets lighter weight wheels than the standard Elise along with special micro-fiber padding on the seats. With only 134 hp, the sub-2,000 pound roadster gets to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. Along the way, the Elise is rated at 30.9 mpg (U.S.) on the EU combined driving cycle. Even the more powerful 180 hp Elise sold in the U.S. is rated at 21/27 mpg by the EPA, making it one of the most efficient sports cars available.
Gallery: Lotus Elise Club Racer
Lotus announces Elise Club Racer, 31 mpg sports car originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Tue, 08 Sep 2009 13:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.