1997 Lotus Elise GT1

Lotus wanted to go racing in Le Mans (stop me if you have heard this one before). Of course in the 1990s that meant at least one of the “racing” cars had to be road legal. Cue the Lotus GT1.

The Lotus Elise GT1 utilized a production aluminum chassis with custom carbon fiber body that was optimized for endurance racing. Out went the Elise’s inline-four, swapped for a monster twin-turbo 6.0-liter version of the C4 Corvette’s LT5 V8. Reliability proved to be a problem for all seven chassis that were built, with the best success being a fifth place at Helsinki.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
price $ $645 000 USD
engine Twin Turbo V8
valvetrain 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement 3506 cc / 213.9 in³
bore 83.0 mm / 3.27 in
stroke 81.0 mm / 3.19 in
power 261.0 kw / 350 bhp @ 6500 rpm
specific output 99.83 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 333.33 bhp per tonne
torque 399.97 nm / 295 ft lbs @ 4250 rpm
redline 7200
driven wheels Mid Engine / RWD
front tires 275/35ZR18
rear tires 345/35ZR18
front brakes Vented Discs
f brake size x 14 mm / x 0.6 in
rear brakes Vented Discs
r brake size x 14 mm / x 0.6 in
front wheels F 43.2 x 55.9 cm / 17.0 x 22.0 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 66.0 cm / 18.0 x 26.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion
curb weight 1050 kg / 2315 lbs
wheelbase 2300 mm / 90.6 in
front track 1480 mm / 58.3 in
rear track 1500 mm / 59.1 in
length 4491 mm / 176.8 in
width 2070 mm / 81.5 in
height 1100 mm / 43.3 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios :1
top speed ~320.0 kph / 198.8 mph
0 – 60 mph ~3.8 seconds