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In 2006, Hethel Engineering Centre was created by Norfolk County Council in partnership with the East of England Development Agency, local industry and other partners as a hub for engineering and business in the region.

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Hethel Engineering Centre is an award-winning innovation hub serving the high-performance engineering and manufacturing sector in the East of England.

Lotus Engineering, Hethel, Norwich, Norfolk, NRI4 8EZ. Telephone (0953) 608000 Telefax (0953) 606884. 0 Who wants to take the shortest path between two points when you've got an Elise to do the journey in? Not by chance has this lithe and agile sports car been hailed as the best the world has to offer. (Hethel – 08 July 2020) Lotus Cars announces today that its steel fabrication (currently situated at Vulcan Road, Norwich) and lightweight structures (located in Worcester) businesses will be brought together in to one new, larger facility at Hurricane Way in Norwich with the creation of up to 125 new jobs.


Modern workshop facilities ranging between 900 and 1300 sqft

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Virtual Tenancy

Use Hethel Engineering Centre as your registered business address


Business Support

Dedicated on-site support team to help your business grow

Hot Desking

Flexible workspaces in a collaborative business community

Space to grow

No matter what your needs for space are, we will work with you to find a solution that works best for your business

A Business Community

The business community at Hethel is one of our greatest assets. We work to make sure there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

In 2006, Hethel Engineering Centre was created by Norfolk County Council in partnership with the East of England Development Agency, local industry and other partners as a hub for engineering and business in the region.

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The success of HEC has resulted in dramatic growth over the last decade, with dozens of extra workshops and offices created to service the regional need for a supportive and engaging hub for the type of high-skilled, high-growth businesses in demand across Norfolk and the rest of the UK.

Since it’s opening in 2006, Hethel Engineering Centre has provided office, workshop and hot-desking space for over 200 ground-breaking and innovative businesses, including supporting over 180 start-ups, that have created over 1000 new jobs for the region. The Centre’s team have supported these businesses and thousands of others across the region through direct business support, networking and over 400 events.

Since 2006, Hethel Engineering Centre has created over 1000 jobs and provided support for launch of over 180 start ups.

“HEC has provided Ansible Motion with a flexible and supportive environment, in terms of both facilities and administration, which has been a key factor in our growth from 2-man start-up in 2010 to an established SME exporting class-leading vehicle development technology to the biggest automotive manufacturers around the world.”

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“The market insight provided by Hethel has expanded our market intellect and capacity. As a small business, you need critical mass and being in a facility that has such a feeling of innovation without being in someone’s garage creates that. There’s a great support network here between all the businesses, and it’s a lot easier with Hethel facilitating!”.





Lotus Elise
Lotus Engineering, Hethel, Norwich, Norfolk, NRI4 8EZ. Telephone (0953) 608000 Telefax (0953) 606884

0Who wants to take the shortest path between two points
when you've got an Elise to do the journey in?

Not by chance has this lithe and agile sports car been hailed as the best the world has to offer. The Elise blends light weight with electrifying responses to create a driving experience that's memorable, exhilarating, and totally unique.

Others may talk of man and machine in perfect harmony, but only the Elise makes you feel as if you're in partnership with your car; one drive in an Elise and you'll never settle for anything less. And the more you drive it, the better it feels.

Our chassis engineers and Ride and Handling team are the best in the business, and know precisely what enthusiastic drivers want from a sports car. So in the Elise they've created a pure sports car, one without compromise, that puts the thrill of fast driving at the top of its list of priorities. Owning an Elise does have a drawback - you'll only ever want to take the long way home!

What the papers say...

'When the Elise was launched in 1996, it was a defining moment in the history of the sports car. Light, compact, innovative and technically uncompromising, the Elise returned Lotus to its raw fun-car roots. The finely focused Elise is even better than the sum of its parts. The longer and harder you drive it, the better it seems to get. It rides serenely, steers precisely (without corrupting power-assistance) handles like a precision instrument and grips like a limpet.' Autocar

Lotus Elise - The Definitive Sports Car

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The Elise redefines the sports car genre by blending the traditional Lotus values of light weight and superlative handling, with innovative engineering and a generous helping of fun. Combined, these attributes have helped the Elise win many major awards around the world, both for the quality of its design and for sheer driving pleasure. It is the definitive sports car of the 1990s and will remain the car to beat well into the next millennium.

A true 'Chapman' sports car

The Elise remains true to the basic design philosophy established by Lotus founder, the late Colin Chapman. He believed that a 'proper' sports car should weigh very little, handle and ride superbly, and deliver high levels of driver satisfaction. A car built to meet these objectives would be inherently fast, even if it didn't have a hugely powerful engine.

At the heart of the Elise design is an exceptionally light, but enormously strong spaceframe chassis, constructed from extruded anodised aluminium components and bonded together with a special epoxy adhesive, a first for a production road car. The structure tips the scales at less than 70kg, yet meets all current safety legislation and has excellent torsional rigidity and durability. It is also easy to manufacture and assemble, which is part of the reason that a car as accomplished and as quick as the Elise, is also so affordable.

Attached to the chassis are front and rear 'clamshell' body sections made from lightweight composite materials. These, together with many other clever weight-saving features, help reduce the Elise's vehicle weight to a mere 699kg (dry).

A car this light doesn't need a big capacity (not to mention heavy) engine, and the Elise uses a transversely installed four-cylinder 1.8-litre 16-valve K series unit, mounted behind the cockpit in a galvanised steel subframe.

Although the engine produces 'only' 88kW (118bhp), the Elise's power-to-weight ratio is so good that the car has startling performance; top speed 202km/h (126mph), 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in just 5.9 seconds, and 0-160km/h (0-100mph) in 18.0 seconds.

Not only does the Elise's light weight contribute to such impressive performance figures, it provides obvious benefits in braking, handling and steering, as well as reducing fuel consumption and emissions levels.


The dramatic and timeless looks of the Elise are the work of the Lotus Design team. Its curvaceous shape is not just attractive, it's also aerodynamically effective, thanks to a package of detail refinements developed in the wind-tunnel. These include chin and tail spoilers working in conjunction with an underbody diffuser, in line with current motorsport thinking.

Lessons learnt in motorsport have had an influence on the Elise's layout, although always within the parameters of series-production manufacturing. Take the interior, for example. The adjustable driver's seat is nearer the centre-line of the car than the passenger seat (which is fixed in the rearmost position) to give the driver the clearest possible peripheral vision.

It's no coincidence that the Elise drives with the precision of a race car. Its double wishbone suspension with co-axial coil springs and inverted monotube dampers, is fine-tuned to provide sharp, accurate, entertaining responses; at the same time the ride quality retains the suppleness for which Lotus is famous.

Creating new standards for others to follow

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At the beginning of the Elise development programme, the brief to the engineers and designers was both simple and extremely difficult — create a new Lotus which reflects the genius of Colin Chapman. Not only was that brief met, it was surpassed.

The Elise sets new standards for handling, performance and style, thanks to a unique mix of classic and forward-thinking ideas.The team has delivered a real winner, created not only with great expertise, but with great passion too.


The Elise proves that if you're truly skilled at creating world-class sports cars, then you don't need monstrous power outputs or a stack of electronic gimmicks to put a smile on a driver's face. When you're looking for fun, look no further than the Lotus Elise.


Type: Four-cylinder in-line, dohc, four valves per cylinder, transversely mid-mounted.
Capacity: 1796cc.
Construction: All aluminium.
Maximum power: 118bhp (88kW) at 5500rpm.
Maximum torque: 122lb ft (165Nm) at 3000rpm.

Maximum speed: 126mph (202km/h).
0-60mph: 5.8secs.
0-100km/h: 5.9secs.
0-100mph: 18.0secs.
0-160km/h: 18.0secs.

Fuel consumption
' mpg (l/100km)
Urban: 29.4 (9.6).
Extra urban: 49.6 (5.7).
Combined: 39.8 (7.1).

Manual five-speed transaxle driving the rear wheels.
First: 3.17 to one.
Second: 1.84 to one.
Third: 1.31 to one.
Fourth: 1.03 to one.
Fifth: 0.77 to one
Reverse: 3.00 to one.
Final drive: 3.94 to one.

Composite body panels with detachable front and rear clamshells, integral fixed headlamps.

Lotus-designed structure of epoxy-bonded aluminium extrusions incorporating steel roll-hoop.

Double-wishbones with single coil springs over monotube dampers all-round.
Lotus-patented extruded aluminium uprights.
Front anti-roll bar.
Rear toe-link.

Rack and pinion, non-power-assisted.

Alloy, 12-spoke.
Front: 5.5Jx15
Rear: 7.0Jx16

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Pirelli P Zero
Front: 185/55 R15
Rear: 205/50 R16

Ventilated iron discs all-round.
Lotus/AP Racing front callipers,
Brembo rear callipers.

Vital statistics
Wheelbase: 90.6in (2300mm).
Front track: 56.7in (1440mm).
Rear track: 57.4in (1458mm).
Overall length: 146.7in (3726mm).
Overall width: 67.0in (1701mm) excluding mirrors.
Overall height: 45.2in (1148mm).
Ground clearance: 6.3in (160mm).

Fuel tank
capacity: 8.0gal (36.4 litres).

Fuel grade:
95 RON minimum.

Unladen weight:
1663lb (755kg).

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Standard equipment
Alloy road wheels (key-bolted), three-way catalytic converter, coded-signal immobiliser, vinyl hood, unique Lotus/Nardi steering wheel. Options Cloth hood, metallic paint, radio fitting kit, leather trim seats, driving lamps, hard-top, Thatcham One-approved Cobra alarm/immobiliser.