The Early Lotus Elise Series 2 Sports Car

A review of The Early Lotus Elise Series 2 Sports Car, covering development, important features, and technical data of this the thirty first model in the Lotus range.

In this Article, I offer a nostalgic look at the Early Lotus Elise Series 2, one of an elite group of classic cars, which was manufactured during the period 2000 to 2003.

The Lotus Elise Series 2

As a result of new European Directives concerning the ability of cars to withstand impact, the Elise Series 1could not be produced, in its present format, beyond 2000.

Accordingly, in order to fund the necessary development work, Lotus had to establish a new business partnership.

The outcome was that General Motors agreed to support Lotus, with the proviso that Lotus was to build forthcoming European Opel And Vauxhall sports cars, using GM power plants and badges.

These GM-branded cars were built on the same production lines as the existing Lotus models until they were discontinued in late 2005.

In October 2000, the Lotus Elise Series 2 sports car was launched, and consisted of a redesigned Series 1 unit incorporating a modified chassis in order to accommodate the new regulations.

It had a restyled interior and hood, lowered sills for easier access, uprated suspension, and an improved braking system.

In 2004, Lotus began the process of replacing the Rover K-Series engine with the Toyota 2ZZ-GE, 1.8 litre, 4-cylinder, 16 valve, double overhead cam engine, with Variable Valve Timing.

A less highly tuned version was also available, in the form of the Toyota 1ZZ.

The smooth lines of the Elise Series 1 gave way to a more angular form of body styling in the Series 2 variant, which was available as Sports Tourer or Race Tech versions.

The Sports Tourer featured leather seats, fitted carpets, an audio system, and extra cabin storage.

The Race version had leather seats with carbon trim, drilled disc brakes, redesigned suspension, stiffer springs, and new dampers.

However, the standard Rover K-Series engine was retained from the Series 1, whilst a new Lotus engine management unit was added.

Fitted with a close ratio gearbox, it developed 120 bhp, and produced a top speed of 125 mph, with a 0-60 mph time of 5.6 secs, and a 0-100 mph time of 17.5 secs.

In February 2002, air conditioning was offered as an optional extra and, a month later, the Cobra immobiliser system was now standard equipment.

Also in March 2002, a new hard top was introduced.

The Lotus Elise 111

Based on the Series 1 Elise 111 model, the Series 2 variant was introduced in June 2002.

It was powered by the 1.8 litre, Rover K-Series Variable Valve Control (VVC) engine, fitted with a Lotus K4 engine management system, which developed 156 bhp at 7000 rpm, and 129 ft/lbs of torque at 4650 rpm.

This produced a 0-60 mph time of 5.1 secs. It used 16 inch front wheels, and 17 inch rear wheels.

That same year, the Series 2 Lotus Elise 111S sports car was introduced, powered by the same 1.8 litre, Rover K-Series VVC engine.

It was offered with either Sports Touring or Race Tech specification, and both featured drilled disc brakes, different wheels, and metallic a paint.

The Sports Touring variant included leather seats and trim, and fitted carpets.

This variant was not fitted with the long roof, and was discontinued in 2005.

The Series 2 Lotus Elise 111R, designed with an eye for the track, was powered by the Toyota 1.8 litre, 2ZZ engine.

Fitted with a six speed gearbox, it developed 189 bhp, with a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 secs.

It used a new rear subframe, revised rear suspension, and servo assisted ABS brakes that were track tuned.

The Lotus Elise Sport 135

In January 2002, and in the UK only, the standard Elise Series 2 received the Sport 135 engine upgrade, which included an aluminium inlet system, stainless steel sports silencer, and a reprogrammed engine mangement system to improve power output. It was now referred to as the Series 2 Lotus Elise Sport 135.

This upgrade resulted in 135 bhp at 6200 rpm, and 129 ft/lbs of torque at 4850 rpm, a top speed of 129 mph, with a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 secs, and a 0-100 mph time of 14.9 secs.

In March 2002, this upgrade was offered to all Series 2 Elise owners, and included an alternative gas flowed cylinder head, but not a sports exhaust.

The Lotus Elise 135R sports car variant was a track orientated model with sports suspension and wider wheels, and fitted with the same 135 bhp engine.

In some markets, the Elise 135R was substituted for the Sport 111, which was similar, apart from the fact that the 135 bhp Rover K-Series engine was replaced by a VVC unit, developing 156 bhp.

The Lotus Elise Sport 111

With an emphasis on track use, the Lotus Elise Sport 111 sports car variant was launched in May 2003, targeting Australia and nearby countries, and was based on the Series 1 Elise 111, but with the following changes:

Sports suspension
Stiffer springs and dampers
Anti roll bar
OZ 16 spoke wheels
A grille matching the body colour
“Lotus Sport 111” logos
It was powered by the 1.8 litre, Rover K-Series, VVC engine, which developed 156 bhp.

This marked the end of the Early Lotus Elise Series 2

Perhaps this stroll down memory lane might have answered, or at least shed light on, a possible question:

Which Lotus Sports Car is Your Favourite?

However, should this question still remain unanswered, I will be reviewing, in some detail, in future articles within this website, the entire range of Lotus sports cars which were featured in the memorable era spanning 1952 to 1996.

I hope you join me in my nostalgic travels “down sports car memory lane”.

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Using Promotional Sports Items for Advertising Various Products and Services

Investing on sports promotional items for advertising pays great returns. It works well for businesses of all sizes, be it small new businesses or multi million corporate houses.

Generally, companies use TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, internet, etc to promote their services and products. Sometimes even all those marketing efforts fail might fail to give you the desired results, in spite of spending so much money.

On the other hand, sports advertising items can give you the edge over your competitors and that too without having to spend too much. Nowadays, consumers are bombarded with marketing and advertising from every possible angle.

For creating memorable advertisements, and also for encouraging healthy living at the same time, sports promotional items can work like a charm. Nowadays, business owners are trying to attract more and more customers on the basis of their hobbies. Companies believe that everyone loves some kind of sport, which is true to quite an extent.

You will have already seen companies using their brand names on sports jerseys and t-shirts. People tend to remember such brands when they are associated with their favorite sports. There are many sports gear manufacturers and distributors out there. You can have the products customized with your brand promotional graphics for very cheap prices.

Before that you need to decide on which advertising item you would want to use for your promotions.

Here is a list of few items that you could consider to promote your brand name:

Water Bottles: Sports water bottles are considered to be the best advertising product, as it is available in various colors, shapes and sizes. The different colors of water bottles make it more attractive. If you are planning to build a good advertising chain, then you can look for the best design on the internet. Also, you could print an encouraging and sporty message on the bottle, right below the logo.

Wristbands: If you are looking for low cost sports promotions ideas to market your products and services, then wristbands are a good option. These are quite common among teenagers and the younger generation. You can make the wristbands of different material just to give it more stylish look.

In order to make the wristbands more attractive, you could choose the colors and designs that appeal your target audience. With sporty quote along with company logo on such promotional items, you can ensure that more and more people get to know about your business.

Sport Watches: Sports watches are the most suitable choice for promotion of your company services and products. Sports wristwatches can be customized by printing the company logo on the straps or inside the dial.

The best way to promote this particular item is to get collaborated with any of the sports club and take sponsorship of their tournaments. You can give personalized sports watches as tournament gift and prizes to the participants.

Sports T-Shirts: These promotional sports products are the most commonly used advertising items by many companies. For example, you might have seen Air Emirates logo on the sports jersey of Arsenal team members. Many corporate companies also have their company logo printed or embroidered on the sports jerseys.

There are various other customized products like promotional sports pedometer, key rings, baseballs, sport bags, golf accessories, binoculars, baseball bats and lots more.

We offer some of the most effective promotional products on various sports e

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