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Old 03-10-17, 08:16
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Is it next Spring yet?
When I read it I had to check that the original MSA letter wasn't sent out on the 1st of April!
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Both the Elise S2 and the Exige are constructed from an extruded aluminium chassis with GRP panels bolted on, what bit are you referring to?

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Does the roof come off an exige??
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Does the roof come off an exige??
Yes, I believe they do, the one I have worked on does.
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Old 05-10-17, 08:47
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MSA models

If it is of any help, the difference between the Lotus Elise and Exige is simply bodywork, with the Exige being more of a 'coupe' with slightly wider wheel arch width and an extended rear wing.
The Elise is a full soft top, with roof removal an option on the Exige.
Otherwise they share the same chassis and most engines.
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If it is of any help, the difference between the Lotus Elise and Exige is simply bodywork, with the Exige being more of a 'coupe' with slightly wider wheel arch width and an extended rear wing.
The Elise is a full soft top, with roof removal an option on the Exige.
Otherwise they share the same chassis and most engines.
Isn't there also a hardtop option with the Elise? Or are they all Third Party add-ons? Admittedly you can remove the hardtop as well but I assume the same goes with the Exige.
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Nope, all Lotus Elise models come as a soft top, but with the option of a clip-on hard top, whereas the Exige comes as a fixed (hard) roof coupe (higher engine cover), but with the option of a soft top aftermarket kit, which only a very few cars have fitted.
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Surely the fact Lotus has them as different models then they are not the same?

A Vauxhall VX220 also shares the same chassis but is a different car.

As always, different folk have different interpretations depending on what suits them best.....

My advice is to ask the eligibility scrutineer of the Championship you intend to run in. If you disagree with their decision, then put your money down and take it from there?
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Old 06-10-17, 12:28
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I totally agree, the Lotus Elise and Exige models are different cars, as is the VX220, and each built in 1000 plus numbers apparently according to letters from Lotus Cars & the MSA. So anybody with an eligibility query or complaint needs to do as you say and put their money where their mouth is!
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Production figures from Lotus -

Elise -
Total to 2014 - 31,624. The magic figure of 1,000 in a calendar year was achieved every year between 1997 and 2008;

Exige -
Total to 2014 - 6,564. The magic figure of 1,000 in a calendar year was achieved in both 2006 and 2007

Evora -
Total to 2014 - 3,469. The magic figure of 1,000 in a calendar year was achieved in 2010.

Elan -
Total to 2014 - 5,188. The magic figure of 1,000 in a calendar year was achieved in both 1990 and 1991.

Esprit -
Total to 2014 - 10,692. The magic figure of 1,000 in a calendar year was achieved in 1988.

I don't think any other Lotus model hit the threshold figure of 1,000 in a calendar year. Total Lotus production 1973 to 2014 - 65,002.

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Total agree with the numbers....

Don't know what all the fuss is about??

As an owner & competitor of both an Elise & Exige I've got written confirmation from the MSA that the Elise & Exige! models comply with the regs for Production & modified production...!!

The fact that some championships, group Lotus cars & Lotus type cars in a sports car class is upto individual championships...??

If anyone wants to object, put your money down & prepare to loose it..!
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