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Diary October 2005
22nd October 2005Collected the chassis for my Fisher Fury R1 today and work has started!
24th October 2005Lotus announce yet another limited edition Lotus Elise called the 'Sports Racer'. Only 199 will be built with a uniquely numbered dash plaque (Lotus always say that then go on and build another batch if they sell well). They are two variants of this limited edition car:
The switchable engine-managed Lotus Traction Control System (LTC) is active above 5mph and works through the engine, reducing power when required to maintain traction. It apparently operates quicker than many brake-based systems. A Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) is also available as an option as is air-conditioning.
Standard equipment includes a colour matched hardtop, central door locking, electric windows, interior stowage net, sound insulation pack, black soft-top with sound/thermal insulation and black full carpet set. They also have LED rear lights.
Power comes from the 189bhp VVTL-i engine (133lb-ft of torque) and measn this variant hits 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and 100 mph in 13.0 seconds. Claimed top speed is 150 mph. Lotus have dropped the signature extruded aluminium pedals in favour of some new forged steel pedal arms and extruded aluminium pads. This unit is lighter and has an electronic throttle for quicker and smoother engine response, reduced brake pedal ratio and improved pedal feel for the brake and throttle. All three pedals have been better positioned for improved heel and toe. The cable-less throttle also ensures improves emissions.
The Lotus Elise Sports Racer is available from Lotus dealers in November 2005 at a recommended retail price of £31,995 in the UK.
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