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Lotus Elise Club Racer - Click above for high-res image gallery

Lotus, the automaker that defines what it means to "add lightness," has created an even more stripped-out version of its already flyweight Elise. Called the Club Racer, this lighter two-seater will make its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show next month.

The Elise Club Racer is a full 52 pounds lighter than the standard car, and Lotus achieved this by removing the noise insulation and using a motorsport-derived lightweight battery. This might not seem like an enormous weight savings, but when you consider that the base Elise already weighs in under the 2,000-pound mark, even a small weight reduction is noticeable.

To make the Club Racer even more special, Lotus has fitted a sport setting for the car's Dymanic Performance Management (DPM) system. This advanced driving aid allows less-experienced drivers to feel at the top of their game, and can be completely shut off for the more experienced enthusiasts.

Look for the Elise Club Racer to go on sale in the near future, priced from £27,500 ($44,590 based on current exchange rates). Currently, it's unclear whether or not the Club Racer will be available in the United States, but we should have more details after the car's official debut in Geneva in just a few weeks. For now, follow the jump to read the official press release.


Gallery: Lotus Elise Club Racer



[Source: Lotus]
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