RadioBDC Logo
| Listen Live
< Back to front page Text size +

Elise doesn't want you to leave

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  December 5, 2008 04:30 PM

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

The Lotus Elise may zip to 60 miles per hour in under five seconds, but getting out of it takes twice the time. Luckily, only a few security guards at the New England Auto Show saw this embarrassing exit. Don't try this in heels.

This blog is not written or edited by or the Boston Globe.
The author is solely responsible for the content.

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

2 comments so far...
  1. That's funny, but this makes no sense!! What is the benefit to making the car like that? Lower to the ground??

    Posted by Moolly December 6, 08 12:54 PM
  1. Moolly, I assume you have never seen a real race car in person before or have actually driven a sports car or race car on a race track? The reason why they placed the seat so low is due to better center of gravity. Meaning putting as much mass close to the ground as possible to improve handling and weight distribution so the car's can be neutral.

    The Lotus Elise/Exige was build as a track car for the streets. That mean it doesn't understand the definition of comfort. It's one of the best handing car straight from the factory ever build.

    Posted by RaceFan December 9, 08 09:53 PM

About Boston Overdrive reports the latest trends, auto shows and wrings out the newest cars in our city's hellish maze — and across the great roads of New England.
Follow Cars on Facebook



Clifford Atiyeh is an automotive writer and car enthusiast . He has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own.
In the garage: 1995 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (by association)
Bill Griffith is a veteran Boston Globe reporter, having reviewed cars for more than 10 years and serving as assistant sports editor for 25 years. He was also the paper's sports media columnist.
In the garage: 2006 Subaru Baja
AAA's Car Doctor, John Paul John Paul is public affairs manager for AAA Southern New England, a certified mechanic, and a Globe columnist. He hosts a weekly radio show on WROL.
In the garage: Hyundai Sante Fe, Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible
Craig Fitzgerald has been writing about cars, motorcycles, and the automotive industry since 1999. He is the former editor of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car.
In the garage: 1968 Buick Riviera, 1996 Buick Roadmaster, 1974 Honda CB450
Keith Griffin is president of the New England Motor Press Association and edits the used car section on He also writes for the Hartford Business Journal and various weekly newspapers in Connecticut.
In the garage: Mazda 5, Dodge Neon
George Kennedy is a senior writer for WheelsTV in Acton, which produces video reviews for Yahoo, MSN, and other auto websites.
In the garage: Lifted 1999 Jeep Cherokee
archives racing coverage

Dale Earnhardt Jr. shocked by Juan Montoya's departure from No. 42
By Michael Vega, Globe Staff LOUDON, N.H. --- Dale Earnhardt Jr., like most of his NASCAR brethren, was surprised to learn Tuesday that Juan Pablo...

More on Cars