2000 Lotus Elise 111S


2000 Lotus Elise 111S

2000 Lotus Elise 111S

In 2000 Lotus introduced the second generation Elise. This evolutionary car, arguably one of the most important cars in Lotus’ fifty-two year history, added to the technology introduced on the Elise in 1996.

The Elise was first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motorshow in 1995 before entering production with first deliveries in August 1996. That Elise introduced a range of technologies such as a chassis made from extruded and bonded aluminium, a composite energy absorbing front crash structure and light weight composite body panels.

All Lotus Elises are hand assembled by skilled craftsmen at Lotus’ headquarters in Hethel, England. Each Elise takes about 100 man-hours to build and the final product is fine testament to the skills of Lotus.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
engineRover K-series Inline-4
positionMid Transverse
aspirationNatural
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement1796 cc / 109.6 in³
bore80 mm / 3.15 in
stroke89.3 mm / 3.52 in
power91.0 kw / 122.0 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output67.93 bhp per litre
bhp/weight171.83 bhp per tonne
torque168 nm / 123.9 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
body / frameComposite Body Panels Over Aluminum Spaceframe Structure
driven wheelsMid Engine / RWD
front tires175/55VR16
rear tires225/45VR17
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 40.6 x 14.0 cm / 16.0 x 5.5 in
rear wheelsR 43.2 x 19.0 cm / 17.0 x 7.5 in
steeringUnassisted Rack & Pinion
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs over monotube Bilstein Dampers
r suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs over monotube Bilstein Dampers
curb weight710 kg / 1565 lbs
wheelbase2300 mm / 90.6 in
front track1457 mm / 57.4 in
rear track1503 mm / 59.2 in
length3785 mm / 149.0 in
width1719 mm / 67.7 in
height1143 mm / 45.0 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
gear ratios2.923:1, 1.750:1, 1.307:1, 1.033:1, 0.77:1, :1
top speed~200 kph / 124.3 mph
0 – 60 mph~5.6 seconds
0 – 100 mph~17.1 seconds