Yet here we are musing over it, following an utterly spectacular appearance at the 75th Members’ Meeting. It brought a guttural V8 furore/curvaceous yet vast super sportscar body combo, both to the Members’ Meeting and to grids in period, not seen since the days of Lola T70 MKIIIBs, gnashing away at the rubbery heels of Porsche 917s in the Group 5 era. So without further delay, here are a few interesting things you might not know about the cool-despite-its-failure Lotus Elise GT1!
It’s powered by American muscle
If you were there to catch the GT1 high-speed demo at 75MM, or have watched and heard our video on it – or were indeed there in the flesh to watch and hear these cars compete – you probably nod knowingly when reading that the Elise GT1 is packing some serious American muscle. During their GM days, Lotus helped develop the C4 Corvette ZR1, which made use of the new 5.7-litre ‘LT5’ V8. It is this V8, albeit heavily modified with a flat-plane crank, that sits amidships in the Elise GT1, making all that furious blood-gargling noise. The 3.5-litre turbo V8 from the preceeding Esprit GT1 had a tryout, but was not especially reliable (are we surprised?), hence the Chevy lump got tapped in.