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On this site you will find my unfiltered and unbiased experiences of living with a Lotus Elise as well as the odd observations and anecdotes from the world of sports cars. You can also follow me day to day on Twitter @lotus28com

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Lotus Elise Road Tax Diary (UK)

on Sun, 03/04/2016 - 17:00

Tax Disc
Ah road tax, that unavoidable yet necessary evil. I wouldn’t mind paying road tax, honestly I wouldn’t, but as a Lotus owner I am -quite literally- more sensitive than most to the vast number of pot holes in British roads. Since I first bought my Elise in 2007 road tax has increased year on year, here’s what it’s cost me:

£165 - 2007
£170 - 2008
£170 - 2009 - woohoo no change!
£200 - 2010
£210 - 2011
£215 - 2012
£220 - 2013
£225 - 2014
£225 - 2015
£230 - 2016

Total road tax cost during ownership so far = £2,030

It’s worth noting that not all Elise and Exige variants are in the same tax band - in

Elise Tyre - Bridgestone Potenza RE040

on Tue, 05/03/2013 - 17:00

Bridgestone Tyre
I've been using the same set of Bridgestone Potenza RE040's since I first bought the Elise second hand back in 2006. There was quite a thorough pack of past bills and documentation but no record of new tyres being fitted, so I can only assume it is still wearing the same rubber it rolled out of the factory on almost 11 years ago. The Bridgestone’s were standard fitment at the time and Lotus engineers worked with the manufacturer, to produce a version of the ‘Potenza’ tyre specifically for the ‘Mk.2’ Elise with the aim of optimising performance on both road and track.

The RE040's have always