Please add your noted or favorite quote about the Elise.
It is, rather, the most comfortable race car I've ever driven. ....the Elise is so communicative, so instantly availble to the driver, so neuronal in feedback it's like plugging in "Matrix"-style to the road....In a way, it's like synesthesia, the LSD phenomenon in which senses merge, so you can smell sounds and hear colors. In the Elise, the physics of performance driving - weight transfer, coefficients of friction under the tires, roll centers and moments, the stuff of endless chalk talk at driving schools - are all so vivid and obvious. This is how a car is supposed to work.
That one's mine. I made that up a few months ago and used it in my signiature until I got bored with it. It's been slightly modified above.gmoneyjive said:I think I saw this in someone's profile on seloc, dunno who to credit it to:
Lotus Elise: a real sports car. A pure sport car. A featherweight with no unnecessary driver aids that take away from the driving experience. No dynamic stability management. No active yaw control. No electronic brake distribution. No traction control. No throttle by wire. No all wheel drive. No sequential paddle shifters. No power steering. No power mirrors. No heated 8-way power seats. Little in the way of sound deadening materials. No cruise control. No cup holders. Sure, it's small, loud and impractical. If you want quiet, buy a BMW. If you need to haul a lot of stuff, get a van. If you need to stretch out, rent a limo. But if you want to go fast, seriously fast, sit down, strap in, shut up and hang on.
[drool]Mmmm, 4-wheeled amphetamine . . .[/drool][T]he Elise is without question one of the purest sports cars money can buy - a tiny, mid-engine rat racer, as bare as a Trappist's closet, an amphetamine on four wheels whose sensations are more akin to Japanese bullet-bikes than Porsches, Vipers and Corvettes.