Elise is a two-seat, rear-wheel drive, mid-engined roadster conceived in early 1994 and released in September 1996 by the British manufacturer Lotus Cars.
The Series 2 Elise, announced on 9 October 2000, was a redesigned Series 1 using a slightly modified version of the Series 1 chassis to meet the new regulations, and the same K-series engine with a brand new Lotus-developed ECU. The design of the body paid homage to the earlier M250 concept and was the first Lotus to be designed on a computer.
Both the Series 2 Elise and the Opel Speedster/Vauxhall VX220 were built on the same production line, in a new facility at Hethel. Both cars shared many parts, including the chassis, although they had different drive trains and power plants. The VX220 carried the Lotus internal model identification Lotus 116, with the code name Skipton for the launch 2.2N/A version and Tornado for 2004 introduced 2.0 L Turbo. Fitted with 17 inches over Elise’s 16-inch front wheels, the Vauxhall/Opel version ceased production in late 2005 and was replaced by the Opel GT in February 2007, with no RHD version for the United Kingdom.
Basic S2 models had a naturally aspirated 1,795 cc (1.8 L; 109.5 cu in) Rover K-series engine without VVC rated at 120 bhp (122 PS; 89 kW) at 5600 rpm and 124 lb-ft (168 N⋅m) at 3500 rpm of torque.
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