2006 Lotus Elise

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2006 Lotus Elise
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Mileage
53000 mi
Transmission
Manual
Body style
Open Top
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Vehicle story

James May calls it the fizz. Clarkson call it the X-factor. Its that something special that makes a car more than transportation, more than just a combination of metal glass and rubber. The Lotus Elise is the very definition of a drivers car. This car is one of the most nimble well handling cars ever put on the road, in any era…period…the end! If you have never driven a car whose only purpose is to go down the road, you are in for a treat. The Lotus Elise is purpose built track car, disguised…loosely!...as a road car. However, as soon as you worm your way into the tight fitting, hunkered down cockpit, turn the key and stab the start button, any illusion of what this car really is for goes right out the window! Revving to 8000 rpm, the 2.0 liter variable valve timing Lotus tuned 4 cylinder pulls briskly to 6500, and then things get interesting! The second cam hits and the fun begins….surging the final 1500 to redline! The tunable suspension and inches off the ground driving position lets you feel every undulation, bump, ripple and pebble on the road, a far different sensation than the numbness that accompanies most everyday cars. The handling is telepathic, the miniature steering wheel seeming to move of its own accord, point the car exactly where you think you want to go. The interior is spartan, with very little in the way of creature comforts…the AC sucks, it’s a bit hot, definitely noisy with squeeks, and bangs and buzzs and rattles…but somehow all of these quirks make the car more endearing, not less. Our Lotus comes outfitted with a series of race inspired track oriented parts including a heavy duty clutch and adjustable suspension. If you are not proficient with a manual transmission, this is not the car for you! Please be prepared to answer a few questions about your experience before approval! The car does have a soft top that can be put on if necessary, but will mostly be available in its targa form, without the top. I put 2000 miles on this car in 8 days before bringing it from the mainland, and it was some of the funnest miles I've ever driven. I'm certainly not a car journalist, and although I have driven many cars, I have only driven a few cars that have given me a bit of a taste of what the industry guys are on about….but this car…the Lotus Elise, is everything every magazine and tv show has ever said about it…it’s the fizz!

Transmission

6 speed manual shifter. aftermarket shifter by inokinetic

Policies

Fuel policy
Return with the same amount
Mileage limit
400 mi per day
Weather
Host's discretion

Pick-up / Return location

Location
Kahului, HI
Delivery option
Unavailable

Pick-up instructions

Please call or write to work out delivery details. I am happy to pick anyone up and bring them to the car anywhere on the island, just need to make arrangements for timing and getting everyone where they need to go! I charge a small fee for this and airport pickups. Please do not be in a hurry when renting! We will go over the car extensively and ensure you are familiar with all the systems on the car, the condition, road hazards and places to avoid on Maui. I want you to have a good time and that means having the knowledge to get the car and you back safe and sound!

Reviews

Jerzy Banasiak
Phenomenal car that is perfect for the island between the awesome color, the removable top, the surgeon's scalpel level of handling, and the connectedness you have between your inputs & the car's response. Everything is direct, between the shifter, the steering wheel, and the pedals. Which makes driving so rewarding because you become conscious of how everything you do, the car translates to the road due in part to the car tipping the scales at a mere ~1,900 pounds. There are so many great roads on Maui for which this car is at home on, with switchbacks, off-camber esses, and dips & crests. With the super sticky tires, I was carving corners at unbelievable speed and no doubt pushing past 1g regularly with minimal effort. What's interesting is that even though this is a road-going track car, the ride is shockingly complaint all things considered. Also, very important to note for my fellow car enthusiasts who are on the athletic & tall side that yes you WILL fit in this car. I'm just over 6'2" with fairly broad shoulders and I had zero issues even with the top on (not that you'll do much, if any, driving with it on). Make no mistake, this car requires a deft & capable driver because if you run out of skill you WILL find yourself in deep shit as the car has ZERO electronic safeties besides a limited traction control system. With the way with which the weight transfers, you can EASILY upset the balance in a corner by unloading a tire prematurely, improperly trail brake, or worse yet induce snap oversteer. But in all honesty you should not find yourself in that position, because it would mean you're driving beyond your abilities. If you are, you're disrespecting the car and worse yet you're disrespecting the owner. Speaking of, David is a helluva of a gearhead and very enjoyable to talk shop with. I spent a good chunk of time going over the car with him before leaving, and it made the experience all the better because of it. I feel like I made a friend on the island, and when I return to Maui in the future I know I'll come back to take the Elise for a spin again. Mahalo for making my first trip to the island such a kick-ass time!
+2
Jan 9, 2021
Bryce Leiferman
David was awesome, made me feel comfortable taking the car and was just a nice guy that loves cars like me :) the car was really fun, definitely the best handling corner sticking car I have ever driven.
Feb 26, 2021
Travis Harvey
Absolute blast to drive!
Apr 17, 2021
Samuel Russell
Great car, great owner, priceless roads. What an experience!
Apr 22, 2021
Jason Ichiyama
+1
Jun 28, 2021
Timothy Cook
Absolutely phenomenal! Renting the Lotus is a very special experience and we loved every minute. David was excellent to work with and has an awesome garage. Can't wait to get back to Maui and rent again.
Jul 5, 2021
Colin Jones
The Lotus Elise has always been a dream drive for me and the chance to check one out on Maui couldn't be passed up! David is awesome and a true car guy that provides some very useful tips on how this lovely machine behaves and how to get the best out of it! You can tell he really cares about the experience and the cars and I respect that. He has a cool collection of interesting cars that tempted me but it had to be the Lotus. This car is comical to get in and out of with the top on, the air conditioning is a joke, it is very noisy, and you have to be careful for speed tables and driveways, but when you get all that mechanical feel and fantastic exhaust note from a car with real character, none of that matters. I can see why reviews of the series 2 Elise rave about it. This was truly one of my all time favorite cars I have driven, can't wait for another shot at it someday! (now I have to convince myself not to buy one...)
+5
Aug 26, 2022

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Driving

Approved drivers will operate the car on public roads.

Event

This is intended for non-driving uses like photo shoots and static displays. The car will need to be delivered by the host to the guest's location.

Chauffeured

Host or their approved agent drives the guest in the car. This option is popular for weddings or other special events.

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