Tuesday 29th January 2013
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Lotus Elise Overview

The Lotus Elise is classed as a roadster sports car which is produced by the British automobile manufacturing company Lotus Cars. The Elise has been in production since 1996 and is currently in the second series. These are rear wheel drive, mid mounted engine sports cars which are built on n aluminium chassis with a fibreglass body, which helps keep weight down. These cars are very classy looking little roadsters which can produce up to 150mph. The braking system and suspension are really good, and the steering is excellent. It is hard to get into when the roof is down, but boy, what a driving experience! Does this sound anything like your experience of this car?

Lotus Elise History

Series 1 (1996-2001) was a 1.8L 5-speed manual roadster which was extremely light and could get up to 60mph in under 6 seconds. This lightweight car has good fuel economy because of this. There was a wide variety of different versions available. The Elise name comes from the then owner Romano Artioli’s granddaughter Elisa, who he named the car after. Series 2 (2002-present) was initially developed due to new European standards which meant the series 1 could no longer be produced. The series 2 was designed in conjunction with General Motors who sold their version of this car as the Opel Speedster in continental Europe and the Vauxhall VX200 in the UK. It was almost identical to the previous version but with a modified chassis to meet with the new Euro regulations. A 1.6L engine was also available.

Model Types

CR SC R S Touring R Touring 111R Type 25 Race Tech Sport 135R RGB Type 23 Type 49

Fuel Economy

The Lotus Elise is available in 1.6 or 1.8L petrol engines. The 1.6L is the more economical, offering up to 45mpg which is really good for a car of this type. Which engine do you have and how does it perform economically? The age, fuel type and engine size are determining factors when considering fuel economy.


The Lotus Elise is available in 5 or 6-speed manual gearboxes. Which gearbox do you have and how do you rate its performance? You can search for your needed Elise gearbox parts at the Lotus gearbox section of our website.


We have Lotus Elise parts available here at Breakeryard. You will find these parts available at incredibly low prices. Our comprehensive network of UK Breakers has parts for all makes and models. You can either visit our Elise parts page or enter your vehicle details in our part finder to locate those parts you need for your car.