1996 Lotus Elise


1996 Lotus Elise

The Lotus Elise is a true sportscar that has taken the world by storm, winning countless awards for handling, innovation and just pure fun. The Elise was first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motorshow in 1995 before entering production with first deliveries in August 1996. Since then, over 17,000 Elises have been built – some achievement for a car that was originally designed to be built in volumes of only 700 a year! The Elise was designed as a sportscar to be appreciated by real driving enthusiasts, fashion leaders and those who really appreciate technology and innovation.

The Lotus Elise introduced a range of technologies that revolutionised the automotive industry; such as a chassis made from extruded and bonded aluminium, a composite energy absorbing front crash structure and light weight composite body panels. The whole car weighed in at half the weight of an average family saloon. This light weight bestowed the car with phenomenal acceleration and handling. In 1996 the Lotus Elise was easily pulling 1g in steady state cornering with standard production tyres and a 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds.

1996 Lotus Elise 1996 Lotus Elise

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
engineInline 4
positionMid Transverse
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement1796 cc / 109.6 in³
bore80.0 mm / 3.15 in
stroke89.3 mm / 3.52 in
compression10.5:1
power89.5 kw / 120.0 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output66.82 bhp per litre
bhp/weight177.78 bhp per tonne
torquenm / 122 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm
redline7000 rpm
body / frameComposite on Aluminum Frame
driven wheelsRWD
front tiresP185/55R-15
rear tiresP205/50R-16
front brakesVented Discs
f brake sizex 282 mm / x 11.1 in
rear brakesVented Discs
r brake sizex 282 mm / x 11.1 in
front wheelsF 38.1 x 27.9 cm / 15.0 x 11.0 in
rear wheelsR 40.6 x 35.6 cm / 16.0 x 14.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs
r suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs
curb weight675 kg / 1488 lbs
wheelbase2301 mm / 90.6 in
front track1440 mm / 56.7 in
rear track1453 mm / 57.2 in
length3726 mm / 146.7 in
width1701 mm / 67.0 in
height1201 mm / 47.3 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
gear ratios3.17:1, 1.84:1, 1.31:1, 1.03:1, 0.77:1, :1
final drive3.94:1
top speed~202.8 kph / 126.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~6.0 seconds
0 – 100 mph~18.0 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~14.4 seconds