2004 Lotus Elise 111R
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.
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.
In 2004, Lotus took to bold move and brought the Elise overseas to America. At the same time they secured a deal with Toyota to power the new car with the same 2ZZ-GE engine from the Celica GT-S.
Run in parallel to Lotus’ USA (Federal) Elise programme, the 111R faced a gruelling development programme exceeding 500,000 miles throughout 2003 that took the car across Europe and the USA. This has resulted in an exciting and progressive ride and handling package that integrates the constituents that make up the dynamics characteristics, tuning them to work in harmony with each other, the driver and the road.
For the Elise 111R, the Eibach coaxial coil springs and Bilstein high pressure monotube gas dampers have been retuned and optimised to maintain the Elise’s trademark agility, body control and poise while improving the isolation of both smaller and larger impacts.
The unique Bridgestone Potenza RE040 tyres (175/55R16 front and 225/45R17 rear) have been carried over from the Lotus Elise and the Elise 111S. The Lotus Ride and Handling team have maximised the ability to hone the chassis and tyre characteristics to ensure that this latest and highest performing version of the Elise holds true to Lotus’ values of peerless ride and handling and pure driving fun.
Lotus undertook a thorough and exhaustive evaluation of a wide range of state-of-the-art engines. Toyota’s 2ZZ-GE 1.8 litre 4 cylinder 16-valve VVTL-i engine and C64 six-speed gearbox was chosen as an outstanding package, excellently suited to the Elise. A bespoke exhaust system has been developed for the Elise 111R with the twin exhaust pipes exiting through the rear diffuser. Furthermore, the engine management system, bifurcated exhaust downpipe, and bespoke gearshift mechanism are designed and developed by Lotus, resulting in a power unit perfectly integrated with the Elise’s chassis and dynamics.
Lotus has tuned the engine to suit the very essence of the Elise by employing a brand new, custom-engineered Lotus T4 engine management system (EMS). The software for the EMS was designed and developed by Lotus specifically for the Elise 111R. All calibration and validation work was undertaken solely by Lotus engineers, ensuring that the Elise performs as a true Lotus should.
Toyota’s world-renowned VVTL-i system allows the engine management system the flexibility to select the optimum camshaft profile, lift and timing across the full range of engine operating conditions. This interaction between the Lotus T4 EMS and the VVTL-i system gives the Elise its optimum linear torque characteristics, peaking at 181Nm (133.5 lb.ft) @ 6800rpm coupled with the peak power of 192 PS (189hp, 141kW) at 7800rpm.
The all-aluminium lightweight Toyota C64 six-speed gearbox is fitted with an all-new Lotus designed and developed shift operating mechanism. With the closest ratios and gearset afforded by the transmission, the gearbox offers a fast, precise and light gearshift, ensuring drivers have total control and flexibility to apply the power exactly as and when required.
True to Colin Chapman’s philosophy of performance through lightweight, the power density available from the Toyota power unit gives the Elise a staggering 223PS/tonne (220hp/tonne, 164kW/tonne) and a 0-100km/h sprint in 5.2 seconds (0-60mph in 4.9 seconds)! Proof, if needed, that there actually is a substitute for “cubic inches”!
Standard equipment for the Elise 111R includes: half leather interior, sun visors, central door locking, Blaupunkt Lausanne radio CD-R/W player and Blaupunkt high performance front and rear speakers
Optional equipment includes a Touring Pack, which provides a combination of options designed to increase comfort and convenience, while still maintaining the essence of a Lotus sports car. This pack includes: Auxiliary front driving lights, a choice of either full leather or Alcantara trim, a soft-top with sound and thermal insulation, electric windows, an upgraded Blaupunkt Woodstock DAB radio, CD-R/W and MP3 player, interior stowage net, sound insulation, and full carpet with a lightweight aluminium passenger footrest.
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|price $||$39 000 USD|
|engine||Toyota Celica GT-S 2ZZ-GE Straight 4|
|valvetrain||DOHC 4 Chain Driven VVTL-i|
|fuel feed||Electronic Sequential Injection|
|displacement||1795 cc / 109.5 in³|
|bore||82 mm / 3.23 in|
|stroke||85 mm / 3.35 in|
|power||140.9 kw / 189 bhp @ 7600 rpm|
|specific output||105.29 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||217.49 bhp per tonne|
|torque||180 nm / 132.8 ft lbs @ 6800 rpm|
|body / frame||Composite Body Panels Over Aluminum Spaceframe Structure|
|driven wheels||Mid Engine / RWD|
|wheel type||Forged Alloy|
|front tires||Bridgestone Potenza RE040 175/55R16|
|rear tires||Bridgestone Potenza RE040 225/45R17|
|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 40.6 x 12.7 cm / 16 x 5 in|
|rear wheels||R 43.2 x 17.8 cm / 17 x 7 in|
|steering||Unassisted Rack & Pinion|
|f suspension||Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs over monotube Bilstein Dampers|
|r suspension||Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs over monotube Bilstein Dampers|
|curb weight||896 kg / 1975 lbs|
|wheelbase||2300 mm / 90.6 in|
|front track||1457 mm / 57.4 in|
|rear track||1503 mm / 59.2 in|
|length||3785 mm / 149.0 in|
|width||1719 mm / 67.7 in|
|height||1143 mm / 45.0 in|
|transmission||Celica 6-speed manual|
|gear ratios||3.166:1, 2.050:1, 1.481:1, 1.166:1, 0.916:1, 0.725:1, :1|
|top speed||~200 kph / 124.3 mph|
|0 – 60 mph||~4.8 seconds|
|0 – 100 mph||~13.7 seconds|
|0 – 1/4 mile||~14.0 seconds|