The Lotus Elise S1 111S, a distinguished variant within the iconic Lotus Elise Series 1 lineup, represents a true embodiment of lightweight sports car excellence. Produced by Lotus Cars from 1999 to 2001, this exceptional model stands as a testament to the brand's commitment to precision engineering and exhilarating driving experiences.
At the heart of the Elise S1 111S lies a spirited 1.8-litre K-series Rover VVT engine, artfully tuned by Lotus to unleash an impressive output of around 160 horsepower. Bolstered by its featherweight chassis, this powerplant propels the car from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5.1 seconds, effortlessly reaching a top speed of approximately 127 mph. Such performance figures, coupled with the 111S's innate agility, make it a compelling choice for both spirited drives along winding roads and spirited laps around the track.
The car features a sleek Storm Titanium Grey paintwork along with striking Red Leather seats presenting in fantastic condition as is expected with its low mileage for its age of 34,987.
The 111s S1 features the following upgrades, all performed by Lotus authorised dealers. Upgraded to the more powerful VVC engine, enhanced by a Lotus Sports Exhaust by Janspeed. Its performance is further elevated by modifications including Quaif Ultra Close Ratio Gears, a PTP Competition Clutch, and an Ultra-Light flywheel by PTP. The driving experience is enhanced by a short shift gear change by B&M.
On the suspension side, the car is equipped with Lotus Motorsport Suspension and a Lotus adjustable anti-roll bar. The performance upgrades continue with an air filter by ITG and larger Lotus Mag wheels. Safety is also addressed with the Lotus harness frame and red harness.
The VVC engine's potency is harnessed to the fullest, with a brand-new clutch, gearbox mounts, and gear linkage overhaul completed by Hilton & Moss in August 2023.
The design philosophy of the Lotus Elise S1 111S revolves around minimalism and aerodynamic excellence. Its fibreglass body, marked by iconic closed headlights and purposeful contours, not only ensures a distinctive visual identity but also contributes significantly to its lightweight construction. This singular focus on reducing mass for enhanced performance extends to the interior, where a driver-centric cockpit awaits. With supportive bucket seats, a simple yet functional dashboard, and glimpses of exposed aluminium chassis components, the interior is a testament to the prioritisation of the driving experience.
The Lotus Elise S1 111S stands as a limited-production gem, adding an aura of exclusivity to its already captivating allure. This scarcity, combined with its exceptional handling prowess and responsive steering, cements its status as a sought-after collector's item and a cherished classic among enthusiasts. Whether it's the thrill of acceleration, the dance of precise cornering, or the raw and unfiltered connection to the road, the Elise S1 111S continues to captivate hearts and minds, leaving an indelible mark on the world of sports cars.
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