Lotus Launches Clark Type 25 Elise SC

Discussion in 'European Cars' started by ajzahn, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. Type 25 celebrates the life of Jim Clark

    Jim Clark is considered by many as the finest and most naturally gifted racing driver of all time. He won the F1 World Championship twice for Team Lotus in 1963 and in 1965.

    In total, he won 25 Grand Prix races and was the first Briton to win the Indianapolis 500. Clark won a third of all the F1 races he entered, as well as racing in other formulae such as F2, F3 and Touring Cars. Typically he would race in as many as three different categories per race meeting! How many of the current crop of F1 drivers would do that?

    In tribute to Jim Clark’s achievements, Lotus, in association with Classic Team Lotus, is producing the Clark Type 25 Elise SC, with a donation for each of these special cars sold going to the Jim Clark memorial fund. This Elise, limited to just 25 cars in the UK (25 being the Type number of his 1963 Lotus F1 car and his number of F1 wins) has been authorised by the Clark family and coincides with the 40th anniversary of Jim Clark’s death at Hockenheim in 1968.

    The Clark Type 25 Elise SC will be launched at The Scottish Classic SpeedFair at Knockhill on the 8th of June 2008 and will form part of a weekend long tribute to Jim Clark. The Club Lotus Jim Clark Remembrance Weekend will take place over the 7th and 8th of June and promises to be a fantastic celebration of the life of Jim Clark.
    Mike Kimberley, CEO of Group Lotus Plc comments, “It is fitting that the latest version of our award winning Elise, the Clark Type 25 Elise SC, should celebrate the life of Jim Clark. It is also an honour to be able to unveil the car at Knockhill this weekend. Each owner of the Clark Type 25 Elise SC will be joining an unrivalled heritage that recognises motorsport’s greatest partnership, that of Lotus and Jim Clark.”

    The Clark Type 25 Elise SC draws upon many styling cues from the Type 25 Formula 1 car that Jim Clark raced to win the World Championship in 1963. The car, with a removable hard top as standard, is finished in British Racing Green with a yellow stripe along the centre and features high performance Lotus Sport wheels, finished in an historic black and silver design. The interior is inspired by the Team Lotus Formula 1 cars of the era, with black leather sports seats, trimmed with red leather and all finished off with a fantastic retro wooden gear knob.

    The Elise SC is the most powerful production Elise ever produced and offers stunning performance. Power comes from a 1.8 litre non-intercooled, supercharged engine and uses intelligent cam switching technology, enabling the engine to switch to the high performance cam anywhere between 4000 and 6200 rpm. This clever feature gives the engine two characters, allowing the car to be driven economically or giving maximum performance for spirited driving.
    The Elise’s light weight gives low CO2 emissions, great handling and affords phenomenal braking. Another benefit of the low weight is incredible acceleration, with the sprint to 60 mph taking just 4.3 seconds and with 100 km/h despatched in 4.6 seconds. The Elise SC accelerates on to a top speed of 148 mph, which is 238 km/h.

    All Lotus cars offer exceptional handling and the Elise is no exception. The chassis has a seriously light, stiff structure. Combining this technology with the fantastic Lotus ride and handling gives an inspiring driving experience and the mid-engined layout of the Lotus Elise offers fantastic balance and agility.

    The Elise SC offers a few technological advances that Jim Clark may have found helpful in his Type 25. Coming as standard on the Elise is traction control, ABS and sequential shift lights, however all the driver aids are included to improve the driving experience and do not intervene unless really called upon.

    The Clark Type 25 Elise SC is currently only available in the UK and Republic of Ireland and is on sale now. Price: £35,995 MSRP, and includes £5,750 worth of options for just £3,445. On the Road costs are £950 MSRP.


    Notes:
    Lotus Clark Type 25 Elise SC
    CO2 emissions – 202 g/km. Combined fuel consumption - 33.23 mpg (8.5 l/100 km)
     
  2. Bah. Send it to the US.
     
  3. I am sure it is a great car but, Lotus stop teasing us and release the pictures of the Lotus Ethos that is currently known as Eagle.
     
  4. Did Lotus get taken over by Porsche while I wasn't looking? How many variations/special models do we need?

    I still want it.
     
  5. love the colour combo, wheels, SC spoiler, everything...
     
  6. oh its june already? cant wait for July's special edition elise...
     
  7. those tires are half of the performance, jesus
     
  8. <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/grin.gif"></A>
     
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  11. I &#9829; Lotus
     
  12. I just hope Lotus will have the new GT3 concept style design for the Exige in the next couple of years, just when I'll be ready to buy one
     
  13. Great looking car but I think a lot of engineering time is being spent on the two new cars that are due for release in the next two years.

    The Eagle or Ethos depending on if you believe the roomers is going to be even more Porsche like and have six model variations. If the new Esprit is the same then I would put the Exige GT3 down to a styling exercise. the final styling of the Eagle is due for release in six weeks, unless somebody leaks it first.

    If you want to aim for something equally explosive with a Lotus badge then can I recommend either the Lotus 2- eleven or the 340R. The 340R seems to have leveled of in price around the twenty grand mark, Sterling. The 2-Eleven is a bit more expensive at 40k. Still 252 BHP from a car that weights 700 Kilos and has no windscreen has got to be a must.
     
  14. Lotus needs some bigger funders so they can really build what they want.
     
  15. Proton while not the ideal parent company have done a great job. They have recently written off £100 million of debt because they believe in the new cars coming along.
     
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  17. i know colin chapmans motto for lotus was "less is more" but i think they wanna make a proper supercar, something just as insane but wilder than the carlton, and make it theres and not a tuned version of a vauxhall
     
  18. Damn straight.
     
  19. I personally couldn't be happier at how proton has handled it's most recent acquisition. Very responsible, hasn't seemed to upset anyone at all, barring the excruciatingly slow pace at which their new flagship is coming out.
     
  20. I dont get it. Since when did Porsche have a ton of retarded special editions?
     
  21. america really needs this
     
  22. no doubt. They're getting to be as bad as Lamborghini...
     
  23. Clark Type 25 Elise SC � Limited Edition
    Now available for the mainland European Market

    Jim Clark is considered by many as the finest and most naturally gifted racing driver of all time. He won the F1 World Championship twice for Team Lotus in 1963 and in 1965. In total, he won 25 Grand Prix races and was the first Briton to win the Indianapolis 500. Clark won a third of all the F1 races he entered, as well as racing in other formulae such as F2, F3 and Touring Cars. Typically he would race in as many as three different categories per race meeting! How many of the current crop of F1 drivers would do that?

    In tribute to Jim Clark�s achievements, Lotus, in association with Classic Team Lotus, is producing the Clark Type 25 Elise SC, with a donation for each of these special cars sold going to the Jim Clark memorial fund. This Elise, initially limited to just 25 cars in the UK is now also available for a further 25 cars in the mainland European market. The decision to produce another 25 cars for the mainland European Market was driven by the high demand fromdealers and customers from all over Europe.

    The 25 has been the Type number of his 1963 Lotus F1 car and his number of F1 wins and has been authorised by the Clark family and coincides with the 40th anniversary of Jim Clark�s death at Hockenheim in 1968.

    Mike Kimberley, CEO of Group Lotus Plc comments, "It is fitting that the latest version of our award winning Elise, the Clark Type 25 Elise SC, should celebrate the life of Jim Clark. Each owner of the Clark Type 25 Elise SC will be joining an unrivalled heritage that recognises motorsport�s greatest partnership, that of Lotus and Jim Clark."

    The Clark Type 25 Elise SC draws upon many styling cues from the Type 25 Formula 1 car that Jim Clark raced to win the World Championship in 1963. The car, with a removable hard top as standard, is finished in British Racing Green with a yellow stripe along the centre and features high performance Lotus Sport wheels, finished in an historic black and silver design. The interior is inspired by the Team Lotus Formula 1 cars of the era, with black leather sports seats, trimmed with red leather and all finished off with a retro wooden gear knob.

    The Elise SC is the most powerful production Elise ever produced and offers stunning performance. Power comes from a 1.8 litre non-intercooled, supercharged engine and uses intelligent cam switching technology, enabling the engine to switch to the high performance cam anywhere between 4,000 and 6,200 rpm. This clever feature gives the engine two characters, allowing the car to be driven economically or giving maximum performance for spirited driving.

    The Elise�s light weight gives low CO2 emissions (202 g/km), great handling and affords phenomenal braking. Another benefit of the low weight is incredible acceleration, with the sprint to 100 km/h in only 4.6 seconds. The Elise SC accelerates on to a top speed of 238 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is 8.5 l/100 km.

    All Lotus cars offer exceptional handling and the Elise is no exception. The chassis has a seriously light, stiff structure. Combining this technology with the fantastic Lotus ride and handling gives an inspiring driving experience and the mid-engined layout of the Lotus Elise offers fantastic balance and agility.

    The Elise SC offers a few technological advances that Jim Clark may have found helpful in his Type 25. Coming as standard on the Elise is traction control, ABS and sequential shift lights, however all the driver aids are included to improve the driving experience and do not intervene unless really called upon.

    The Clark Type 25 Elise SC is available for all countries in Europe and is on sale now. The car is priced very competitively at 44,100,-- (+ local taxes). This price is representing a customer saving of 3,596,-- (before tax). Please note: prices include transport, delivery, local taxes, and first service.

    Pricing for some mainland European Markets:
    Germany 53,375,--
    France 53,650,--
    Italy 54,300,--
    Belgium 54,175,--
    Holland 72,210,--
    Switzerland CHF 78,950,--

    Specification Summary:
    Elise SC
    Sports Pack
    Hard Top
    Unique Leather Interior
    Unique exterior in British Racing Green, with Painted Yellow Stripe.
    Unique Lotus Sport Forged Wheels 6 J x 16 Front, 7� J x 17 Rear
    with YokohamaAO48 tyres
    Build Plate numbered 1 � 25 for Europe

    Optional Equipment: (Pricing as per standard MY08 Elise options)
    Limited Slip Differential
    Air Conditioning

    Lotus Clark Type 25 Elise SC
    CO2 emissions � 202 g/km. Combined fuel consumption - 33.23 mpg (8.5
    l/100 km)
     
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  25. "How many variations/special models..."

    Special editions are actually better. At least you know that 50,000 other people won't be driving the same car as you, the same car that there are 58 or however many other versions of the 911 there are this month.
     

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