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28th February 2007

 

The Lotus 2-Eleven – Track Day Driving Just Got Serious

Exceptional Performance Coupled with High Levels Of Usability and Safety

Geneva, Switzerland (6th March 2007), Lotus Sport, the race car performance arm of Lotus Cars Ltd, today unveiled the new Lotus 2-Eleven. Launched at the 77th annual Geneva International Motor Show, the Lotus 2-Eleven is aimed at the true track day enthusiast, taking Colin Chapman’s philosophy of ‘Performance Through Light Weight’ to its most extreme level yet.

Weighing in at just 670 kg (1,477 lbs) - dry weight with base specification - 745 kg (1639 lbs) - kerb weight, fully loaded – and with 255 PS (252 bhp / 188 kw) on tap courtesy of its supercharged and intercooled 1796 cc engine, the Lotus 2-Eleven boasts a power to weight ratio similar to that of a 1960’s Formula One car. Designed with the most serious of track day enthusiasts in mind, the Lotus 2-Eleven offers race car levels of performance coupled with legendary Lotus Ride and Handling to deliver a truly outstanding track day car.

Said Mike Kimberley, Chief Executive Officer for Group Lotus plc: “The Lotus 2-Eleven takes our core brand values to the extreme. It is the ultimate track day vehicle - not only phenomenally quick, but also very user-friendly. In short, the 2-Eleven delivers everything that the modern track day warrior and clubman racer demands, and more.”

Production of the Lotus 2-Eleven is scheduled to commence in April 2007 at the awardwinning and world-class Lotus manufacturing facility at Lotus Headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk, UK. The 2-Eleven build will be completed in dedicated Lotus Sport workshops and each vehicle will be given a Lotus Sport build plate.


The Lotus 2-Eleven is initially available in Launch Edition specification only, which boasts a dynamic and unique three-way Lotus Sport colour scheme complete with decal pack. The Launch Edition is available in two versions - Road Going Version (UK Single Vehicle Approval) fitted with front and rear lights, exhaust catalyst, single plane rear wing and other items to achieve compliance with UK road legal requirements and Track Only Version with an enhanced aerodynamics package including high downforce single plane carbon fibre rear wing, high downforce front splitter, brake lights and rear indicators and FIA approved driver’s race seat.

The recommended selling price (incl UK VAT) of the Lotus 2-Eleven Launch Edition will be £39,995. In the UK, the SVA version (Single Vehicle Type Approval) which includes delivery, Pre Delivery Inspection, first service, number plates, first registration fee, valet, 12 months’ Road Fund Licence, a full tank of fuel and SVA test costs an additional £1,100. The Lotus 2-Eleven is only available as a track-only option outside of the UK at 49,575 excluding local tax in mainland Europe. Pricing in Japan, South Africa and Lotus other international markets will be announced shortly.




The Lotus 2-Eleven in more detail

Engine
The supercharged and intercooled 1796 cc engine in the Lotus 2-Eleven has a maximum power output of 255 PS (252 bhp / 188 kw) at 8000 rpm and a torque figure of approximately
242 Nm (179 lb/ft) at 7000 rpm. This significant amount of extra power and torque now available together with the VVTL-i variable cam system ensures that there is a smooth and linear surge of power from low engine speeds all the way to the maximum 8000 rpm. The Roots-type Eaton M62 supercharger (with a sealed-for-life internal mechanism meaning that it does not require the use of the engine’s oil) is run from the crankshaft and has an integral bypass valve for part load operation. Four high capacity injectors and an up rated fuel pump add additional fuel under hard acceleration or high speed driving.
An Accusump (engine oil accumulator unit) is included in the whole package as an oil reservoir back-up for extreme track use ensuring that, under those conditions, the engine oil pressure remains constant.
Twin oil coolers complete the powertrain package.


Transmission
A sports-type clutch plate and heavy duty clutch cover transfer the engine power and torque to the lightweight aluminium C64 six-speed gearbox (with an aluminium casing) – with the same
perfectly spaced ratios as the Exige S. An open type differential is fitted as standard. The Lotus switchable Traction Control System (LTCS) works through the engine, reducing power to maintain traction; it is active above 8 km/h (5 mph) and reacts much more quickly than many brake-based systems.

Chassis & Integral Safety Features
The Lotus 2-Eleven uses a unique high-sided variant of the Lotus Elise lightweight chassis structure featuring epoxy bonded aluminium alloy extrusions with modified Exige S based running gear. This strong and stiff package features a comprehensive safety system with a glass fibre reinforced composite front crash structure allied to a high sill chassis for side impact protection. Additional chassis safety features include an FIA compliant 6-point rollover structure with integral harness mounts and lightweight rear sub frame incorporating a further crushable structure.

Body
The Lotus 2-Eleven features all new ultra-lightweight (40 kg / 88 lbs) composite bodywork featuring core-mat technology. All external panels are bolted on for ease of removal, maintenance and repair.

Wheels & Tyres
5-spoke lightweight forged black alloy wheels (front 7Jx16, rear 8J x 17) are shod with Lotus Sport specific Yokohama A048 R LTS tyres (front 195/50 R16, rear 225/45 R17), designed to maximise grip and achieve the exacting ride and handling targets set by Lotus.


Brakes
The brake system includes 288 mm cast iron cross drilled and ventilated discs, upgraded Pagid RS14 sports brake pads set into the brake calipers (aluminium alloy AP Racing 2-piston at the front and Brembo single sliding piston at the rear), high grade silicone brake fluid and stainless steel braided hoses. In addition, the proven Lotus track tuned servo-assisted fourchannel ABS system enhances braking performance and minimises stopping distance without taking over from the skill of the driver.

Suspension
Fully independent suspension utilising unequal length wishbones; Öhlins 2-way adjustable dampers with coil over springs and Lotus Sport adjustable front anti-roll bar. A rear double shear track control arm brace is provided to cope with the expected kerb abuse during heavy track day driving, with unique steering arms and front upper wishbones to suit ultra-low ride height.

Performance
0-60 mph 3.8 secs (estimated)
0-100 km/h 3.9 secs (estimated)
0-160 km/h (0-100 mph) 9.1 secs (estimated)
Max Speed 155 mph (250 km/h)
Max Power 255 PS (252 bhp / 188 kw) at 8000 rpm
Max Torque 242 Nm (179 lb/ft) at 7000 rpm

----  Specifications  ----

Price 

  £39,995 (approx $78,542)

Production 

  --

Engine 

1.8 liter inline-4

Weight 

1477 lbs

Aspiration 

supercharger & intercooler

Torque 

179 lb-ft @ 7000 rpm

HP 

252 hp @ 8000 rpm

HP/Weight 

5.9 lbs per hp

HP/Liter 

140 hp per liter

0-100 mph 

9.1 seconds

0-60 mph 

3.8 seconds (est)

Top Speed 

155 mph

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Vehicle Description

Model

2 Eleven

Edition

The car can be specified in either: UK Single Vehicle Approval (SVA) Pack including all front and rear lights, catalyst, single-plane rear wing and other items to achieve compliance with UK road legal requirements OR Track Pack including high downforce single plane carbon fibre rear wing, high downforce front splitter, brake lights and rear indicators, FIA approved driver's race seat BOTH AVAILABLE AS LEFT OR RIGHT HAND DRIVE

Engine

2ZZ-GE engine, Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) and aluminium, light weight and compact construction. Chain driven Double Over-Head Camshafts (DOHC) exploiting a Variable Valve Timing & Lift - intelligent (VVTL-i) system. Lotus T4e engine management system, multi-point sequential fuel injection, electronic ignition and electronic throttle control. Lotus Sport developed supercharger installation with unique rear mounted air to air intercooler

Emissions

Three-way catalytic converter (UK SVA Pack only). Full on-board Diagnostics (OBD).

Transmission

C64 manual transaxle, aluminium light weight construction. 6-speed, close ratio, constant mesh helical gears. Uprated clutch plate and cover

Chassis

Unique high-sided variant of the Lotus Elise light weight structure of epoxy bonded aluminium alloy extrusions. Glass fibre composite front crushable structure, 6-point FIA compliant rollover structure with integral harness mounts and light weight galvanised steel rear sub frame

Steering

Solidly mounted mechanical rack and pinion steering box. 2.8 turns lock-to-lock

Suspension

Fully independent suspension utilising unequal length wishbones. Ohlins 2-way adjustable dampers with coil over springs. Lotus Sport adjustable front anti-roll bar. Rear double shear track control arm brace. Unique steering arms and front upper wishbones to suit ultra-low ride height.

Wheels

Black Lotus Sport light weight forged 5-spoke wheels. Front: 7J x 16 & Rear: 8J x 17

Tyres

Yokohama Advan A048 LTS. F: 195/50 R16 & R: 225/45 R17

Brakes

288 mm cross-drilled and ventilated discs. Aluminium alloy AP Racing 2-piston front calipers and Brembo single sliding piston at the rear. Pagid RS14 sports brake pads. High-grade silicone brake fluid Stainless steel braided brake hoses. Servo assistance and track tuned ABS


Performance Data

Fuel consumption - urban

TBA

Fuel consumption - extraurban

TBA

Fuel consumption - combined

TBA

CO2 emissions

TBA

Fuel tank capacity

9.6 galUK ( 43.5 l )

Gear ratios I / II / III

3.116 :1 / 2.050 :1 / 1.481 :1

IV / V / VI

1.166 :1 / 0.916 :1 / 0.815 :1

R / Final drive

3.250 :1 / 4.529 :1

Max Power

255 PS (252 bhp/188 kW) @ 8000 rpm

Max Torque

242 Nm (179 lb/ft) @ 7000 rpm

Power to weight ratio

380 bhp/tonne

0-60 mph

3.8 secs

0-100 km/h

4.0 secs

0-100 mph (0-160 km/h)

8.9 secs

Maximum speed

150 mph (241 km/h)

Vehicle mass - unladen

670 kg (1477 lbs) - UK SVA Pack

666 kg est (1468 lbs)

Track Pack

Weight distribution

38% Front / 62% Rear


Dimensions

Wheelbase

2300 mm

Track

F: 1457 mm & R: 1607 mm

Overall length

3822 mm (UK SVA Pack)

Overall length

3872 mm (Track Pack)

Overall width (door mirrors excluded)

1709 mm

Overall width (door mirrors included)

1735 mm

Overall height - mid-laden

1112 mm

Overhang

847 mm (UK SVA Pack)

Overhang

897 mm (Track Pack)

Ground cleareance - mid-laden

100 mm Front / 110 mm Rear

Luggage capacity

None


Powertrain Specification

Engine installation

Transverse, mid-mounted

Cylinder configuration

In-line 4

Capacity

1796 cm3

Bore / Stroke

82.0 mm / 85.0 mm

Valve arrangement

4 per cylinder

Compression ratio

11.5 :1

Twin oil coolers

Standard on Launch Edition

Engine oil accumulator unit

Standard on Launch Edition

Lotus Traction Control System (TCS)

Standard on Launch Edition

Launch Control

Standard on Launch Edition


Vehicle Specification

Lotus Sport build plate

Standard on Launch Edition

Light weight dry cell battery

Standard on Launch Edition

Tool kit

Standard on Launch Edition

4-point driver and passenger harnesses

UK SVA Pack

6-point driver harness with 4-point passenger harness

Track Pack

FIA compliant Lotus Sport Recaro race seat

Track Pack

6-point FIA compliant rollover structure with integral harness mounts

Standard on Launch Edition

Hand held fire extinguisher

Standard on Launch Edition


Exterior Specification

Launch edition exclusive three-way (Sport Black, Sport Silver, Sport Yellow) Lotus Sport colour scheme with exclusive decal pack

Standard on Launch Edition (refer to colour chart)

Light weight race side and central view mirror

Standard on Launch Edition

Black finish rear diffuser

Standard on Launch Edition

Large Carbon Fibre Rear Wing

Track Pack

Large Front Splitter

Track Pack

Clear sill stone-chip protection film

Standard on Launch Edition

UK SVA compliant front and rear light pack

UK SVA Pack

Rear indicators, brake and rain lamp

Track Pack


Interior Specification

ProBax Lotus Sport seats UK SVA Pack

Standard on Launch Edition

Track Pack

Passenger only

Metallic Silver Side Panels

Standard on Launch Edition

Central door locking

None

Light weight aluminium foot-well divider

Standard on Launch Edition

Black plain/perforated leather steering wheel

Standard on Launch Edition

Black perforated leather gear-lever gaiter

Standard on Launch Edition

Polished aluminium gear shift

Standard on Launch Edition

Polished aluminium handbrake sleeve

Standard on Launch Edition

Key ignition and steering lock

Standard on Launch Edition

Battery isolation switch

Standard on Launch Edition

Speedometer (mph or kph) / Rev counter

Standard on Launch Edition

Electrical equipment

UK SVA Pack - Headlights, brake lights, front, side and rear indicators, fog light, reversing light, horn

Track Pack

Brake lights, rear indicators, rain lamp

Common Items on Launch Edition

Variable traction control, starter button, light weight dry cell battery, battery isolation switch



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