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Lotus Cars had been using a racing of their Lotus Esprit in the BPR Global GT Series since its in 1994, competing in the premiere GT1 against the likes of the McLaren F1 Venturi 600LM, Ferrari F40 and others. However in 1997 the became known as the FIA GT Championship. and involvement was increased with the new exposure.

Porsche was the first to a new breed of racing car in 1996, their purpose-built homologation known as the 911 GT1. This was followed by announcement that planned to do the same with CLK-GTR for 1997.

Thus decided that in order to competitive in the GT1 class, let alone be they would be required to the route set forth by Porsche and However, aware that lacked the resources available Porsche and Mercedes had to create not the race cars but also the sports cars at a guaranteed of money for the company, Lotus to take an alternate route.

Through interpretation of the rules for FIA GT, realized they would need to build a single car in order to meet homologation The car would not even need to be to a customer, it merely had to be built.

this in mind, Lotus to designing their racing Lotus decided to abandon the Esprit chassis and instead to its new sportscar, the Elise.

Mechanically, the Elise’s aluminum chassis was for the GT1, although it was heavily from its stock form. A new fiber body that the Elise was built, featuring a longer length in order to the car’s aerodynamic capabilities.

For an Lotus knew that the stock straight-4 engine not be able to compete, and so it was initially that the car would use the 3.5L V8 out of the old Esprit racing car, to a Hewland six-speed sequential box. However testing that this engine was not as as hoped.

After installation in the production car, the Lotus teams left to decide whether or not to use the turbo V8 or opt for a Chevrolet LT5 6.0L V8 from the Chevrolet Corvette a car which Lotus had originally to develop when they had owned by General Motors. further developed the LT5 by fitting it a flat-plane crankshaft for the Elise GT1 car.

With this, Elise GT1 racing chassis built, going to factory GT1 Lotus Racing (run by Giroix ‘s First as well as privateers GBF UK and Martin Racing. The factory GT1 Lotus team would be the only to opt for the Chevrolet V8 instead of the Lotus unit.

Racing history [ ]

Debuting at the first round of the FIA GT Championship season. the three Elise GT1s took to the Unfortunately, their debut was lived, as all three cars to finish, all due to alternator problems in the For race two, privateer GBF UK their two cars. Again the factory cars suffered, to finish because of gearbox

GBF’s Elise GT1s slightly better, with one of entries actually finishing, classified last and 25 laps from the winner.

One of six Elise GT1 cars following restoration

The race of the season in Helsinki was a race, featuring a smaller Only three Elise were entered, but GBF was able to in taking 5th place, earning points in the championship. The other two GT1s also finished the as well, an improvement for the company.

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as the season progressed, the teams to suffer. After Helsinki was the 24 of Le Mans. in which only a GT1 was entered due to concern over the ability to last 24 hours. The car did fail due to an oil pump failure 121 laps. Returning to FIA at the Nürburgring. the team managed to muster 11th place, while at Spa achieved 8th, but at Zeltweg all cars failed to finish

The teams did not attempt the Suzuka and again could only 12th place at Donington and at Mugello when the series to Europe. The final two races in the States saw only the factory bring two cars, in which managed a 13th and 9th place The factory squad ended the without any points, while points finish at Helsinki them 8th place in the championship.

the 1997 season, Lotus and its company, Proton. decided the GT1 was not only lacking in pace in to Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and the older but that it was also extremely The Chevrolet V8 was not a custom built engine like its competitors it lacking in top speed while the turbo V8 was faring even The chassis was also too similar to a car to compete with the exotic of other machines.

The project was therefore cancelled and the team folded. The privateer also either folded or more capable machines.

in 2003 British squad Elite announced plans to Elise GT1 chassis #05 and to use in the 12 Hours of and 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2004 as a cockpit Le Mans prototype. was similar to a plan by Panoz and squad Larbre Compétition to use a Esperante GTR-1. a car which had competed with the Elise GT1 in FIA GT in as a closed cockpit prototype as

The Elise would be modified to modern regulations as well as to to bring the seven year old car up to Unfortunately at Sebring the car proved its lasting a mere seven before its transmission failed. The was promptly cancelled.

Bitter GT1 [ ]

Former factory driver Hezemans of the Netherlands, feeling the Elise GT1’s main were in its power and aerodynamics, that the car should not be abandoned. two former Elise GT1 chassis, turned to Bitter Cars of to modify the car. The front end was longer and smoother in an attempt to front downforce.

To replace the GT1’s Chevrolet V8, Hezemans and turned to Chrysler. buying GTS-R 8.0L V10s were being used in GT2 class racing cars. The new were named Bitter and promised to compete in the 1998 FIA GT season .

Unfortunately the cars never able to match the lackluster performance of the original GT1s. The only race in they actually competed, saw both Bitters failing to After failing to even get initial practice at Hockenheimring. the was cancelled.

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