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MOTOR SPORT ENTHUSIAST'S TOUR

GoodwoodThe "Classic Motor Sport Tour" includes visits to Goodwood Revival, Donington Grand Prix Collection, Grand Prix Historique de la Vienne, Manoir de L'Automobile and Museum de L'Automobile at Le Mans and, for a farewell dinner, Atelier Renault on Champs Elysees. Also included are city tours of London and Paris, Classic Team Lotus Works tour and Brands Hatch race master (with an opportunity of a drive in a high performance Renault). This great tour includes return economy air fares, departure tax, transfers, 13 breakfasts, 3 dinners and 13 nights accommodation.

    See the brochure for more details ..... here.

    Bookings close Wednesday 25th June, 2008.

    Telephone Sheryl Poulter at Preston Travel on (03) 9470.4737 for enquiries and bookings.



Lotus Cars: Sports Cars with Economy

 

13th June, 2008

Lotus Elise S

While car manufacturers around the world are looking at making their cars lighter and more fuel efficient, Lotus Cars is already there.

The low-volume British sports car manufacturer has seen a global shift in manufacturing to emulate the philosophies and production already in place at Lotus.

Using an extruded and boned aluminium chassis weighing just 68 kg and light weight components and body panels, the Lotus Elise and Exige sports cars are known for ultimate handling and performance, but lesser recognised is their light weight footprint on the environment.

The Lotus core philosophy of performance through light weight also has positive knock-on effects of improving fuel economy and reducing the effect on the environment.†Using a modest 1.8-litre four-cylinder, its 100 kW Variable Valve Timing (VVT) engine produces a combined fuel economy figure of just 8.3l/100 km. Stunning figures for a sports car and it leads not only all the cars in its segment for fuel consumption and performance, but many comparable cars that are substantially more expensive.

The Elise S boasts a friendly CO2 output figure of just 196 g/km, combining low emissions with stunning performance: 0-100 km/h takes 6.1 seconds. The only comparable car in terms of performance is Nissanís 350Z thatís more expensive, 40 percent thirstier and just 0.4 seconds faster to 100 km/h. And none compares to the agility and performance of sports ride and handling that Lotus is renowned for.

Weighing just 860 kg, the Lotus Elise S is not just one of the lightest fully homologated sports cars in the world, but also one of the lightest cars in the world, period. Light weight has benefits for acceleration, handling, ride comfort, braking and the environment.

SPORTS CONVERTIBLE COMPARISON:


MODEL

L/100km

0-100km/h

CO2 output

Price

Mazda MX-5

8.5

7.8

174 g/km

$42,870

Lotus Elise S

8.3

6.1

196 g/km

$69,990

Nissan 350Z Roadster

11.7

5.7

280 g/km

$73,990

BMW Z4 2.5

8.4

6.5

216 g/km

$78,200

Mercedes-Benz SLK200K

9.2

7.9

220 g/km

$89,990

Lotus Elise SC

8.5

4.6

202 g/km

$104,990

Porsche Boxster 2.7

13.8

6.1

222 g/km

$109,300

The new 2008 Lotus Elise SC takes performance and economy to new levels. Using a supercharger on the 1.8-litre four-cylinder, the Elise SC exhibits combined fuel consumption figures of just 8.5l/100 km, which is astounding considering its power of 163 kW and its ability to reach 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds.

The Lotus Exige S PP is the fastest car in the Lotus Cars Australia range with 179 kW and just 935 kg, mixing super car performance with fuel economy figures of a small hatchback. With its supercharged and intercooled engine, its acceleration, handling and economy is impossible to match.

PERFORMANCE COUPE COMPARISON


MODEL

L/100 km

0-100 km/h

CO2 output

Price

Porsche Cayman S

11.6

5.4

254 g/km

$149,000

Lotus Exige S PP

9.1

4.1

216 g/km

$149,990

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

14.0

4.9

358 g/km

$269,000

Lamborghini Gallardo

17.0

4.2

400 g/km

$414,993

Ferrari F430

15.6

3.7

345 g/km

$416,850

While fuel consumption may not be the highest priority in the sports car market, with fuel prices climbing, itís nice to know the impact is lessened in a Lotus.†Impressively, it may surprise some to realise the Elise is far from a stripped-out race car: standard equipment includes remote locking, power windows, air-conditioning, dual airbags and ABS alongside a host of interior features.

Starting at $69,990 (RRP), the Lotus range combines performance Ďandí economy and proves in a Lotus, you can have your (low-fat) cake and eat it too.



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