The 2011 Lotus Elise Club Racer made its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show as a stripped-down, muscle to the polished bone take on the company’s classic sports roadster.
Since its conception in 1994, the basic layout of the Lotus Elise has been that of a two seat, rear-wheel drive, mid-engined roadster, with a hand-finished fiberglass body shell atop a bonded extruded aluminum chassis. What makes the 2011 Lotus Elise Club Racer unique is that it is specially designed and improved for maximized speed and agility on the track.
One quick way to improve a vehicles racing ability is to simply strip weight, which Lotus engineers did in a number of ways, including lighter wheels, a lighter battery, removing sound insulation, and replacing emblems with printed decals, allowing nearly 55 pounds to be stripped from the car, bringing its curb weight down to a bantam 1875 pounds.
In addition to the weight cutting, Lotus also ups the ante on the Club Racer with an adjustable front anti-roll bar which allows drivers to adjust handling to their taste, and a new traction control system, what Lotus calls “Dynamic Performance Management”, in a revised sport mode, which allows for greater wheel-spin.
One other option is the Club Racer Power Pack, adding unique air intake and exhaust systems and boosting output to 142 horsepower and 122 pound-feet of torque, it essentially turns the Elise Club Racer into a jet on the highway, but also, unfortunately, renders the car illegal for street use, if customers were to go for the Power Pack option.
At the time being Lotus is keeping the full Club Racer package exclusive to the European market, but Phoenix Arizona drivers can view and test drive the new 2011 Lotus Elise, which for now will include elements of the Club Racer design, at Scottsdale Ferrari, located at 68th St and McDowell Rd.