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Haynes Book of the Lotus Elise

Thu, 16 Jul 2009

by Alastair Clements
Foreword by Adrian Newey
RRP: £19.99, ISBN: 978 1 84425 574 0 Format: Hardback, Publication Date: July 2009
Essential reading for all Elise owners and enthusiasts

The Elise saw the return of the genuinely exciting sports car. This was the
first Lotus for a generation truly to revive Colin Chapman's ideals, proving a
worthy successor to the seminal Lotus 7. The Elise was the first modern sports
car to generate real enthusiasm, tempting many classic car fans to change their
allegiance to this no-compromise contemporary classic.

Innovative in its extruded and bonded aluminium construction, thrilling to
drive, yet surprisingly affordable and usable, the Elise has become a legend in
its own lifetime for its mixture of track-day ability and accessible sports car
fun on the road. Conceived as a plaything, the ground-breaking Lotus captured
buyers' imaginations and forced the hand of its maker into turning the Elise
into a full production model, one that went on to spawn the extreme, track-
focused 340R, Exige and 2-Eleven, as well as the more comfort- orientated 111S
and Europa plus the badge-engineered Opel Speedster, Vauxhall VX220 and electric
Tesla Roadster.

Since the shock unveiling of the Lotus Elise at the Frankfurt Motor Show in
1995, the little Lotus has ploughed its own furrow through the market that it
helped to revive. The Elise proved equally happy on the road or the track, and
its instant cult status turned a limited-run fun car into a full production
model. As its rivals have grown heavy, laden with ever-bigger engines and more
luxury, so Lotus has continued to keep its revolutionary roadster ahead of the
game, by going back to its core principles of performance through innovation and
light weight.

This Haynes Enthusiast Guide tells the complete story of the Elise, from the
first concept sketched to production, through gentle evolution into Sport 135
and 111S to the revolution of the S2, the arrival of Toyota power, the sales
surge into America and more, right up to the launch of its big brother, the
Evora. With extensive input from its creators, plus owners, racers and the
specialists who repair and improve them, this is the essential guide to one of
the most important sports car of the modern era.

This book takes you behind the scenes of the Elise's inception, creation and
launch, told through the eyes of the multi-talented team that steered its
development. It follows the model's evolution and expansion into a whole range
of thrilling, driver-orientated sports cars - including the Exige, 340R, 2-
Eleven and Europa - plus meets owners and guides potential purchasers through
the minefield of buying second-hand.

Having trained as an architect, author Alastair Clements was lucky enough to
turn his passion for cars into a career when he joined Classic & Sports Car
magazine in 1998. He later worked as a senior road tester for sister title
Autocar and editor of before returning to Classic & Sports Car
as deputy editor. His first book for Haynes was Elise: Rebirth of the True
Lotus, published in 2003, which has been thoroughly revised and extended to
create this Haynes Enthusiast Guide on the Lotus Elise.

Other titles currently available in the Haynes Enthusiast Guide Series include:
VW Beetle by Jonathan Harvey
VW Transporter by Jonathan Harvey
Land Rover Discovery by Dave Pollard

More at Haynes


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