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 by Richard Owen
engine Inline 4
position Mid Transverse
valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement 1796 cc / 109.6 in³
bore 80.0 mm / 3.15 in
stroke 89.3 mm / 3.52 in
compression 10.5:1
power 89.5 kw / 120.0 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output 66.82 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 177.78 bhp per tonne
torque nm / 122 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm
redline 7000 rpm
body / frame Composite on Aluminum Frame
driven wheels RWD
front tires P185/55R-15
rear tires P205/50R-16
front brakes Vented Discs
f brake size x 282 mm / x 11.1 in
rear brakes Vented Discs
r brake size x 282 mm / x 11.1 in
front wheels F 38.1 x 27.9 cm / 15.0 x 11.0 in
rear wheels R 40.6 x 35.6 cm / 16.0 x 14.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs
r suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs
curb weight 675 kg / 1488 lbs
wheelbase 2301 mm / 90.6 in
front track 1440 mm / 56.7 in
rear track 1453 mm / 57.2 in
length 3726 mm / 146.7 in
width 1701 mm / 67.0 in
height 1201 mm / 47.3 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.17:1, 1.84:1, 1.31:1, 1.03:1, 0.77:1, :1
final drive 3.94:1
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