Elise Sport 190
Engineering, Hethel, Norwich, Norfolk, NRI4 8EZ. Telephone (0953) 608000
Telefax (0953) 606884
ultimate powerhouse, for serious track work
for the dedicated track fan and for fully-fledged motorsport applications,
the Elise Sport 190 is pure racer. At its heart is an extensively modified
(each engine is meticulously hand-built by race technicians) version
of the standard 1.8-litre engine, kicking out a breathtaking 190PS (140kW).
mighty powerplant is known, appropriately, as the VHPD, or Very High
Performance Derivative, and can hurl the featherweight Sport 190 from
standstill to 60mph in 4.3secs (0-100km/h in 4.4secs) and to 100mph
in a supercar-slaying 10.72secs.
as you'd expect with this extraordinary level of performance, the Sport
190 is equipped with competition-standard suspension, gearbox, brakes,
wheels and tyres ± fitted and set up by the same technicians who developed
the car in the first place.
each Sport 190 is specially built to order by the Lotus aftermarket
department, your car can be tailored to your precise needs, whether
you're heading out to the track for some high-octane fun, or are chasing
a major motorsport championship; the list of available options is extensive
it's worth noting that your existing Elise road car can be converted
to full Sport 190 spec, either in one go or a piece at a time.
What the papers say...
|'...nothing much has changed, except
that the joy now unfolds at higher speeds. Yes, the balance is more
knife-edged and the extra power means you can provoke wilder cornering
attitudes, but nothing is spoilt. Even the ride is reasonable. But
the Sport (190) is very quick. The engine isn't especially smooth,
but it revs like crazy to propel this Elise as though it had barely
any inertia at all. And the 'enhanced' sound, all hard-edged howl
and tearing fabric and lift-off crackles and bangs, is pure entertainment.'
Type: Very High Performance Derivative (VHPD) four-cylinder in-line,
dohc, four valves per cylinder, transversely mid-mounted. Changes over
standard engine comprise modified cylinder head, valves, pistons, crankshaft,
flywheel, solid valve lifters (used to permit increase in maximum revs
to 8000rpm), carbonfibre air-box assembly, oil cooler kit, lightweight
competition silencer and tailpipes.
Construction: All aluminium.
Maximum power: 190PS (88kW) at 7500rpm.
Maximum torque: 139lb ft (189Nm) at 5600rpm.
Maximum speed: 145mph (202km/h) (estimated).
Manual five-speed transaxle with close ratios, driving he rear wheels.
First: 2.92 to one.
Second: 1.75 to one.
Third: 1.31 to one.
Fourth: 1.03 to one.
Fifth: 0.85 to one
Reverse: 3 to one.
Final drive: 4.20 to one.
Composite body panels with detachable front and rear clamshells, integral
Lotus-designed structure of epoxy-bonded aluminium extrusions incorporating
Double-wishbones with single coil springs over Koni competition-spec
dampers (with Lotus modifications) all-round. Lotus-patented extruded
aluminium front uprights. Uprated adjustable anti-roll bar. Adjustable
spring platforms to lower the ride height.
Rack and pinion, non-power-assisted.
Lotus design Six Spoke Alloy
Pirelli P Zero
Front: 185/55 R15
Rear: 225/45 R16
Cross-drilled ventilated iron discs all-round.
Lotus/AP Racing front calipers, Brembo rear callipers.
Race-spec brake pads all-round.
Wheelbase: 90.6in (2300mm).
Front track: 56.7in (1440mm).
Rear track: (1470mm)
Overall length: 146.7in (3726mm).
Overall width: 67.0in (1701mm) excluding mirrors.
Overall height: 44.0in (1118mm).
Ground clearance: 4.7in (120mm).
Tank capacity: 8.8gal (36.4litres).
Fuel grade: 98 RON minimum.
RAC-approved competition roll-bar, lightweight rear window, FIA-approved
competition seat, mounting and six-point safety harness, battery master
switch assembly, small competition battery, competition-spec towing
eye & Oil cooler.
Passenger seat (must be used with six-point safety harness), ultra-lightweight
front and rear carbonfibre clamshells, plumbed-in fire extinguisher,
metallic paint, premium paint, driving lamps, and an extensive list
of Lotus Sport Original Performance Products.