The 340R is a special edition of the Lotus Elise. 340 were built, and all were sold before they were manufactured. It uses a custom built bodyshell with no roof or doors. All cars came with a silver and black colour scheme. Special A038R tyres were developed for the 340R in collaboration with Yokohama.
While road-legal in the UK and Europe, most of the surviving cars are only used for racing, track use, or demonstrations.
Side view of a 340R
The engine is a four-cylinder version of the Rover K-Series engine called VHPD (Very High Power Derivative) used in the regular Elise which produces 177 bhp (132 kW; 179 PS) at 7800 rpm/ 172 N⋅m (127 lbf⋅ft) at 6750 rpm as standard, or 187 bhp (139 kW; 190 PS) at 7500 rpm/ 189 N⋅m (139 lbf⋅ft) at 5600 rpm with optional Lotus accessories. It delivers 126 pound-feet of torque and runs at 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.5 seconds.
Weight: 701 kg (1,545 lb) (curb: all fluids and full tank of fuel)
Performance: 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) 4,4 sec; 0-160 km/h (99 mph) 10,7 sec, top 209 km/h (130 mph)