Lotus Elise S goes club racing in comfort

AutoTrader NZ
Published 3 September 2020

“Following the launch of the Lotus Elise S Club Racer last year in New Zealand, the majority of customers have opted for the comfort pack,” explains Glen Sealey, the general manager of Lotus Australia and New Zealand.

“The comfort pack makes the S Club Racer not just a more practical car for everyday use, it also means it is practical for owners to drive their Club Racer to some of the more remote race tracks where they are able to fully explore the abilities of their Lotus.”

The Lotus Elise S and the Club Racer variant share a level of performance both in a straight line and around corners that is able to humble many a supercar costing hundreds of thousands of dollars more than the Elise. They will demolish the sprint to 100 kmh in 4.6 seconds and share a chassis developed on the legendary Lotus test track at Hethel in the UK.

The Lotus Elise S Club Racer interior is fitted with a body colour centre console, Slate Grey SuedeTex Lightweight composite seats with visible body colour seat shells and S Club Racer logo’s as well as Slate Grey SuedeTex gear lever and brake gaiter, door panels, interior door pulls and a steering wheel with Ebony Black perforated leather inserts.

Externally the Elise S CR can be distinguished by Grey brake calipers a black rear diffuser and Satin Black Y-type cast wheels, 16 inches at the front and 17 inches at the rear.

The Comfort Pack adds a full convertible roof, a digital audio system with four speakers, central locking, the sound insulation from the standard Elise S, a lightweight aluminium passenger foot rest, front mud flaps and standard suspension and anti-roll bar.

For Elise owners wishing to have the full track day car experience, the normally aspirated Lotus Elise Club Racer retains Comfort Pack as an option, which means it has the Club Racer suspension with adjustable front antiroll bar so owners can fine tune their driving experience.

Both Elise Club Racer variants come complete with a Sport setting for the DPM (Dynamic Performance Management) allowing even the less experienced sports car drivers to feel at the top of their game, while the ability to switch it off completely will please the more established track orientated drivers. DPM combined with improved agility courtesy of Lotus finely tuned sport suspension and an adjustable anti-roll bar on the normally aspirated Elise Club Racer it is equally versatile for both road and race track fun.

The 2015 Lotus Elise range opens with the Elise and Elise Club Racer both at a recommended retail price of $87,900, excluding delivery and dealer costs, and both the supercharged Elise S and Elise S Club Racer with a recommended retail price of $97,100 excluding delivery and dealer costs.

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