The M100 was launched in 1989, 15 years after the original was killed off – although the Norfolkbased company had been tempting and teasing its fans for the best part of the 1980s about a suitable replacement. As you’d expect from such a forward thinking specialist, the new Elan was no retro makeover like the MX-5, but a state-of-the art car with front-wheel drive and turbo power. The M100 was dubbed a ‘90 per center’ by Lotus development staff because it allowed 90 per cent of drivers to exploit 90 per cent of its potential, 90 per cent of the time, all in complete safety. The reason for this was essentially due to its clever chassis design, which employed a stiff box section with the suspension systems mounted on innovative alloy ‘rafts’, keeping changes to the suspension’s geometry as minimal as possible. Lotus is certainly no stranger to usingexternal power plants and this time it turned Japanese – namely Isuzu – to supply the engine (Lotus was owned then by General Motors). Lacking any pedigree, it seemed a strange choice but as owners soon found out, it was one of the most sensible moves the British firm ever made, as it delivered performance with utter reliability. And speaking of reliability, the Elan was developed like no other Lotus. Keen to banish that age old acronym, over a two year period 61 development Elans were thrashed (including 250,000 miles on the famous Millbrook proving ground) and crashed while every car made was subjected to a 35 mile dash around the company’s Hethel circuit to ensure all was well. Two models were launched: an entry level Elan with a normally aspirated 1.6-litre fourcylinder, kicking out a reasonable 130bhp or a hotter, more popular Turbo SE), that yielded a meatier 165bhp. All models were fed via a fi vespeed ‘box to the front wheel. Now is the time to pick up this fantastic little sportscar which steadily rising in value. This particular model is equipped with S2 alloys.
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