(from Lotus Press
Release) Now available for the mainland European Market
Jim Clark is considered
by many as the finest and most naturally gifted racing driver of all
time. He won the F1 World Championship twice for Team Lotus in 1963
and in 1965. In total, he won 25 Grand Prix races and was the first
Briton to win the Indianapolis 500. Clark won a third of all the F1
races he entered, as well as racing in other formulae such as F2, F3
and Touring Cars. Typically he would race in as many as three
different categories per race meeting! How many of the current crop
of F1 drivers would do that?
In tribute to Jim Clarks achievements, Lotus, in association with
Classic Team Lotus, is producing the Clark Type 25 Elise SC, with a
donation for each of these special cars sold going to the Jim Clark
memorial fund. This Elise, initially limited to just 25 cars in the
UK is now also available for a further 25 cars in the mainland
European market. The decision to produce another 25 cars for the
mainland European Market was driven by the high demand from dealers
and customers from all over Europe.
The 25 has been the Type number of his 1963 Lotus F1 car and his
number of F1 wins and has been authorised by the Clark family and
coincides with the 40th anniversary of Jim Clarks death at
Hockenheim in 1968.
Mike Kimberley, CEO of
Group Lotus Plc comments, It is fitting that the latest version of
our award winning Elise, the Clark Type 25 Elise SC, should
celebrate the life of Jim Clark. Each owner of the Clark Type 25
Elise SC will be joining an unrivalled heritage that recognises
motorsports greatest partnership, that of Lotus and Jim Clark.
The Clark Type 25 Elise
SC draws upon many styling cues from the Type 25 Formula 1 car that
Jim Clark raced to win the World Championship in 1963. The car, with
a removable hard top as standard, is finished in British Racing
Green with a yellow stripe along the centre and features high
performance Lotus Sport wheels, finished in an historic black and
silver design. The interior is inspired by the Team Lotus Formula 1
cars of the era, with black leather sports seats, trimmed with red
leather and all finished off with a retro wooden gear knob.
The Elise SC is the most
powerful production Elise ever produced and offers stunning
performance. Power comes from a 1.8 litre non-intercooled,
supercharged engine and uses intelligent cam switching technology,
enabling the engine to switch to the high performance cam anywhere
between 4000 and 6200 rpm. This clever feature gives the engine two
characters, allowing the car to be driven economically or giving
maximum performance for spirited driving.
The Elises light weight
gives low CO2 emissions (202 g/km), great handling and affords
phenomenal braking. Another benefit of the low weight is incredible
acceleration, with the sprint to 100 km/h in only 4.6 seconds. The
Elise SC accelerates on to a top speed of 238 km/h. Combined fuel
consumption is 8.5 l/100 km.
All Lotus cars offer
exceptional handling and the Elise is no exception. The chassis has
a seriously light, stiff structure. Combining this technology with
the fantastic Lotus ride and handling gives an inspiring driving
experience and the mid-engined layout of the Lotus Elise offers
fantastic balance and agility.
The Elise SC offers a
few technological advances that Jim Clark may have found helpful in
his Type 25. Coming as standard on the Elise is traction control,
ABS and sequential shift lights, however all the driver aids are
included to improve the driving experience and do not intervene
unless really called upon.
The Clark Type 25 Elise
SC is available for all countries in Europe and is on sale now. The
car is priced very competitively at 44.100,-- (+ local taxes).
This price is representing a customer saving of 3.596,-- (before
tax). Please note: prices include transport, delivery, local taxes,
and first service.
Pricing for some mainland European
Switzerland CHF 78.950,--
Unique Leather Interior
Unique exterior in British Racing Green, with Painted
Unique Lotus Sport Forged Wheels 6 J x 16 Front, 7 J x 17
Rear with YokohamaAO48 tyres
Build Plate numbered 1 25 for Europe
Optional Equipment: (Pricing as
per standard MY08 Elise options)
Lotus Clark Type 25
CO2 emissions 202 g/km. Combined fuel consumption - 33.23 mpg (8.5
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