First Drive: 2008 Lotus Elise Supercharged – Autofans

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This high-performance headlines are all about #8216;s gigantus GTR, 2008 Lotus Elise a two-ton nuke lobbed at laws of physics. Meanwhile, way the fold in mouse type we that Lotus has quietly its longstanding alliance with Brit, Sir Isaac, by introducing an with Exige S power and 63 pounds worth of #8220;resistance to

Granted, a lightened Lotus is no but there#8217;s quite a bit more to one than appears at first For one thing, the engine is quite from the Exige S#8217;s. start off as Toyota 2ZZ-GE but you#8217;ll note right off there#8217;s no intercooler and air scoop the rear window of this

Instead, an entirely new intake by Magnuson incorporates an Eaton M45 supercharger that blows a boost directly into the runners with no detour a heat-exchanger. This setup 17.6 pounds off the engine#8217;s at a cost of just two horsepower and 12 from the Exige S motor#8217;s (leaving 218 and 153).

Supercharged Elises get new wheels, a spoiler, and a single central pipe. Inside, the gauge are swapped to white-on-black, soft-touch dresses up the dash (it#8217;s than foam or leather), and ProBax seats are designed to the pelvis slightly, better the occupant#8217;s weight and dramatically blood flow to the legs for comfort and less fatigue long stints in the saddle. is first to market with new-age seats.) Ordering is with two major packages, (niceties like leather or seat upholstery, carpeting, insulation, an iPod connector, and an extruded-aluminum cupholder for $1600) and (Bilstein dampers, ultralight wheels, sport seats, control, and twin oil coolers for A limited-slip diff is offered but dealers are counseled to steer away from this unless they plan to extensively, because on normal roads it actually detracts from the handling behavior.

And that would be a travesty. the moment you slip into form-fitting seat (a task akin to wriggling into a dry suit without the baby it#8217;s obvious this is optimized for handling, and this is particularly sweet. Its Yokohama Neova AD07 tires less extreme levels of than the Exige S#8217;s A048s.

You can probe the limits of car#8217;s grip on a mountain at sane speeds, which is a whole lot more fun than through the same corner at the speed nowhere near the With just over 800 of car and driver pressing down on the wheels, the steering is incredibly and accurate-the rival of any Porsche

When attacking a set of switchbacks the ones scaling California#8217;s Palomar, one starts out with an …-grip on the rim but soon realizes squelches some of wiggles and the steering rack is sending to the nuances of grip and surface Light finger pressure on the (foot-diameter) wheel and about of a turn in either direction are all needed to negotiate most

The engine improves the car#8217;s too, because there#8217;s torque at all engine speeds and linearity. The switch to the high-output cam happens almost imperceptibly at rpm in hard running (or as high as rpm under lighter load), you resist the limited slip-there#8217;s power to spin one tire in corners provoking a nice slide that points the

The new cluster makes it easier to a peripheral eye on the three shift-indicator that illuminate progressively, flash over 8000 rpm is 8500 for 1.5 second, 8000 Choose the Sport package, and is slightly crisper, the lighter (by 3.3 pounds each) are quicker to or brake, slightly heightening the effects of late-braking into or out of a turn. The ride is also sharper, provoking some rattles from the test interior.

The Elise Supercharged perfect. The shifter occasionally up in the narrow gate during 3-2 the horn button placement on the Momo wheel#8217;s spokes) unintended mid-corner toots, the radio sounds tinny and (the brilliant engine is vastly preferable), the A/C isn#8217;t enough to cool the driver the windows up and top off, and the $55,425 of entry seems dear for a minimalist vehicle. What do you

Sir Isaac#8217;s help doesn#8217;t cheap.

Designer Details

Lotus Elise

1. lightness abounds inside. of the bonded aluminum extrusions form the Elise#8217;s chassis are on inside, like the side and floor panels.

Other flourishes include the shifter and levers, climate-control knobs, cross-car stowage bin, the package#8217;s cupholder, which under the dash when not in and even the lock knobs.

2. anatomically designed seats the pelvis 1.5 degrees relative to seats so that the occupant#8217;s is better supported by the seat. also improve blood to the legs by a claimed 90 percent by taking a blood-pressure reading the legs, tightening the BP monitor then releasing it quickly and the time needed for BP to return to The new seats negated the need for an lumbar, saving another 1.1 per seat.

3. This hinge appears enough to allow jacking the car by an door. Aluminum extrusions are for low-volume projects like the That body-side hinge would be extruded as a long with a continuous cross-section you see on both ends.

This is cut to length, and the material between the two holes is machined away.

4. That cupholder and bin divider are extrusions as well. A single, piece of aluminum would from a tool with the cross-section and then be cut into slices. The woven-carbon-fiber-look strap completes the cupholder is another Lotus flourish.

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