It's been classed for road racing in T1 which requires additonal safety equipment like a cage and fire protection, but doesn't allow the removal of much. That's why the higher weight, and the hardtop attachment.
Okay, I was impressed with this news but I didn't really know what it meant. I did a little research and here is some context for the rest of us who are uninitiated. Pretty impressive crowd of heavy hitters to be included in with our little 1.8L engine.
In response to the ever increasing performance of today's street cars and to expand participation by various manufacturers, SCCA created the Touring Category 1996 which was expanded in 1998 into two classes Touring 1 (T-1) and Touring 2 (T-2). T-1 reintroduces to Club Racing a venue for current ultra performance machines such as the C5 Corvette, the Dodge Viper, the Porsche 996, the Ferrari 355 and the Acura NSX-T. T-2 consists of vehicles such as the Z-28 Camaro, Mustang Cobra, BMW M-3, Toyota Supra, and the Honda Prelude. These new classes allow for aftermarket wheels and open muffler and exhaust systems as well as other options. No car may be more than five years old.
So SCCA placed the Elise in the top Touring Car (T1) class for track racing along with the other newly added cars:
BMW 540 (4398cc)
BMW M3 Lightweight (2990cc)
Chevrolet Camaro SS (5666cc)
Chevrolet Corvette C5 (5666cc)
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Chevrolet Corvette C4 (5734cc)
Dodge/Chrysler Viper RT10 / GT-S / ACR (7990cc)
Ferrari 355 Berlinetta (3496cc)
Ford Mustang Steeda 351Q (5766cc)
Ford Mustang Cobra R
Pontiac Firebird WS-6 (5666cc)
Porsche 993 Porsche Club Class C (3600cc)
Porsche 996 Porsche Club Class B (3400cc)
I understand the Elise is a great car, but I think that the SCCA is a bunch of IDIOTS, for classifing the Elise in with those cars. What about the weight of the driver? It doesn't matter if they run u over down the straights with HP and top-end far better than we have and they corner and brake damn near as well (or better) than we do. What will they do about driver weight? Do they think we will have Turbocharging or something? Hell, the Z06 has more than double the HP and more than double the tourque and it only outweighs us by 50% NOT 100%! And it's no slouch in the brakes or corner dept either...
2005 Lotus Elise (NA)
Summit Point Motorsports Park, Shenandoah Circuit 6/8/19
[Moderators - I posted this previously in another area of the site, but I think this is the more appropriate place. Please feel free to delete the other thread.]
This past weekend the two upper control arms bolts sheared on my right rear corner. It sent me into an immediate high speed snap spin. Looking at the parts, I think one of the bolts had started to back out, setting up a vibration and shear forces.
No serious damage to the car, but on several...