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That is pretty nice! Thanks! Howcome the car is the S1 design? S2 has been out since 2000...
 

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originally posted by ChrisB
The GT1s were produced in 1997. While related in many ways to the Elise, it is quite a different car than the Elise S1.
oh i know that this car is a bid old and that it's very different from the S1. Why bring this car back? It is most probably inferior to newer designs. Why not introduce a entirely new car based on the S2? My guess is that this is a privateers car and not a factory backed effort.
 

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Why bring this car back? It is most probably inferior to newer designs. Why not introduce a entirely new car based on the S2? My guess is that this is a privateers car and not a factory backed effort.
I think the answer to your questions is: Money.

It is a private team. Whether they are getting any support from Lotus, I don't know. The S1/S2 difference would be just appearance. The mechanical differences between the production S1 & S2 are relatively minor and would be parts that the GT1 would replace with racing components, in any case. I'm not sure that the GT1 uses any actual Elise production parts anyway.

If this were a factory effort performed primarily for marketing purposes, an S2 body would make sense. For a private team, it would be a significant expense with no benefit.
 

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Originally posted by ChrisB
I think the answer to your questions is: Money.
exactly. if they were to change the design to an S2, it would cost a lot. Not only would the car look different, I'm sure the aerodynamics would be improved also, thereby making it superior to the S1 car. Anyway...I hope it does well. It's like the Panoz, they still use the LMP 1 even though the newer LMP 7 is available. They had all these problems with the 7 that they brought back the 1 instead. Pretty funny.
 

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Hi all... I work with Team Elite and decided to reply to some of your comments...

"oh i know that this car is a bid old and that it's very different from the S1. Why bring this car back? It is most probably inferior to newer designs. Why not introduce a entirely new car based on the S2? My guess is that this is a privateers car and not a factory backed effort"

Yes, this is a privateer entry, but we took the laptimes of the car from 1997 and compared it with the laptimes of an Audi R8 at the same track and found that they were very similar... We think that the car did not get the development it deserved back in 1997 and feel that it forms a good baseline to start from. The car has huge potential.

"I think the answer to your questions is: Money. "

Money is not an issue, believe me... In fact, we are on the verge of closing a new engine deal and are pursuing the purchase of a second chassis....

"It is a private team. Whether they are getting any support from Lotus, I don't know. The S1/S2 difference would be just appearance. The mechanical differences between the production S1 & S2 are relatively minor and would be parts that the GT1 would replace with racing components, in any case. I'm not sure that the GT1 uses any actual Elise production parts anyway. "

Team Elite benefitted from technical support from Lotus in rehomologating the car to GTP specification, but no more support beyond that. This is a privateer team, and shall remain so until further notice.

"If this were a factory effort performed primarily for marketing purposes, an S2 body would make sense. For a private team, it would be a significant expense with no benefit."

We would like to upgrade the bodywork to S2 style, but without Lotus support, it would not be a true Lotus, much the same as the Mk2 Ford Lotus Cortina's.... Designed by Lotus, but built by Ford... hence, no type number.

BTW... Keep your eye on our website (www.teameliteracing.com)

All the best
AH
 

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Hi Antony,
Thanks for posting,

FYI everyone else, we've got a sticky here in the Rumors section titled "team elite racing" Antony keeps track of posts there so anyone with questions about the team or they can go to the team elite site as well.
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Jeff said:

>>" Makes a great case for BRG! "

That photo is a "true" British Racing Green, but the green that Lotus is offering on the current Elise is not a true BRG. (I wish that it were). Instead, it is some strange murky green color with a metallic twist.

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"FYI everyone else, we've got a sticky here in the Rumors section titled "team elite racing" Antony keeps track of posts there so anyone with questions about the team or they can go to the team elite site as well. "

Yeah... Go visit that site.... Now....


"That photo is a "true" British Racing Green, but the green that Lotus is offering on the current Elise is not a true BRG. (I wish that it were). Instead, it is some strange murky green color with a metallic twist. "

Unfortunately, the true British Racing Green colour, as seen on the Lotus Types 12 and before, has been lost, and as such, Racing Green is the nearest colour... This is why you find Jaguar Racing Green and so on...

Have spoken to the team principals, and they are pushing for the merchandise... We have a concept for a neat keyring/fob... Will tell more if they go through with it.

Engine deal soon.... Relocation plans soon also
 
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