The Lotus Elise is a two seat, rear-wheel drive, mid-engined roadster conceived in early 1994 and released in September 1996
The car has a hand-finished fibreglass body shell atop its bonded extruded aluminum chassis that provides a rigid platform for the suspension, while keeping weight and production costs to a minimum. The roadster is capable of speeds up to 240 km/h (150 mph).
The 1996 Lotus Elise weighed 725 kg (1,600 lb). Braking, cornering, and fuel consumption are also improved by the car's reduced weight.
Source: Wikipedia, 2011.