One of the guys in the office has a G-meter thing that allows you to accurately measure your 0-60 time...so I gave it a go!
According to Lotus, who are famed for being a bit on the generous side when it comes to 0-60 times, say the original S1 would do 0-60 in 5.8 seconds. But what about mine? After 12 years and 100,000 miles some of those horses would have gone a bit lame.
Anyway, with a dry (private) road, around 15ltrs of fuel and a slightly nervous passenger I gave the Elise a full blown standing start, something I havent really done before. 4k revs, dump the clutch...and the Elise screams for traction but accelerates rapidly down the road. It feels quick but the clutch doesnt really appreciate that many revs and gives off a bit of a whiff. 6.7 seconds. Bugger, not what I was hoping for.
After giving the car 15 minutes to let the clutch cool down I gave it another blast with less revs. Much more like it... 0-60 in 6.2 seconds. With a few more runs and one less passenger I'm pretty sure I could get it down a few more tenths but I'm happy with the result.