|Make / Model||Lotus Elise Supercharged|
|Transmission||Manual, rwd, with traction control and ABS|
|Power||217bhp / 156lbft|
|Performance||0-60mph 4.5 seconds / 148mph|
|Number of Seats||2|
|Minimum Age||28, plus 25-27 at a higher rate below.|
|Security Deposit||£1000 pre-authorised or £500 + £50 cdw fee|
|Mileage Included||120/day - Wedding 120/3 days|
|Extra Mileage||£1.50 / mile|
Choice of hardtop or removable fabric hood, fitted before you drive away
This Lotus Elise Supercharged for hire is recognised as the most fun road-car in the Lotus range, and has hardly changed at all in recent years. The package of the lightest Lotus model with the powerful supercharged engine gives quick acceleration at any engine speed for overtaking, unlike the slower non-supercharged versions which have to be revved hard. This version also has Touring Pack and Sports Pack options including air conditioning, electric windows and audio system, with gorgeous rare Canyon Red bodywork.
To drive, the Elise feels like the lightweight it is at just 900kg, with better steering feel than any other car, instant reactions and rapid performance yet also a supple comfortable ride which is ideal to enjoy countryside B-roads at speed. It’s also weatherproof against the wet and cold unlike a Caterham 7, and many find it’s more fun than any other car on any twisty road or A-road. There’s a small boot for luggage where a couple of small suitcases or rucksacks will fit. It’s in excellent condition and virtually identical to the current model, as they couldn’t improve it (apart from adding cupholders).
The interior is snug and comfortable with Pro-Bax ergonomic seats, air conditioning and a Blaupunkt CD Radio sound system. All the controls are light in action including the unassisted steering and gearshift, which makes the car feel feather-light and responsive, with a little understeer near the limit then a balanced feel on a light throttle through the corners. The fabric roof can be unclipped or replaced in 2 minutes.
This makes the Lotus an extremely fun sports car to hire, enjoyable to drive on any road, while the ride and interior is surprisingly comfortable with just enough space, once into the low seats. The fabric roof is easily removeable, and there’s no buffeting with the roof off due to the raked windscreen and rear window panel
Delivery isn’t provided, we focus on keeping our services and mileage affordable for you to collect the car and enjoy driving it home, or explore the great driving roads nearby in North Wales visiting tourist attractions and taking advantage of our package deals at Spa Hotels.
Autocar Road Test video of Elise SC by Chris Harris;
Hire rate includes 120 miles per day, and extra miles are available at £1.50 per mile. Minimum age 28, plus age 25-27 for an extra rate normally £75 per day, confirmed upon booking for each individual's insurance risk by our insurers. Additional drivers added for £25/day. Full comprehensive insurance and VAT is included. Weekend rate includes 2 days' mileage, collection from 2.00pm Friday and return on Monday 9.00am onwards. Sunday return is available for an extra £30. Your own bank holds a pre-authorised deposit of £1000 before hire set by the insurers due to the value of this vehicle which will be released straight away by Sportscarhire when you return, or a £500 deposit plus payment of a £50 collision damage waiver fee (which would also cover £100 of minor repairs). Minor damage to the car would be charged only as necessary to cover the independent trade cost of repair, a copy receipt for the repair would be provided to you, and the balance promptly refunded. If the car has significant damage resulting in a full insurance claim we would retain your deposit to cover our insurance excess charge. Please have fun, but drive with care for other road users and for your car. A top-level tracking and data-logging system is hard-wired into each car. We do encourage customers to fully enjoy the cars, but not to abuse them.