T Bar

When Lotus launched the second generation Elise, there were firm plans to provide a solid roof with lift out panels - the perfect compromise between soft top and hard top.

Lotus developed a prototype and filed for patent protection for the concept. However, so far technical difficulties have prevented Lotus from offering a finished product to a standard that they'd be happy to offer to their customers.

That's not to say that options aren't open to Elise owners though. Autostyle independently developed a prototype of a removable targa top roof for the Elise. Lotus looked kindly on the venture - recognising that early availability of such a product would be of benefit to Elise owners - and they've agreed not to use their patent rights to stop the sale of the finished product.

Autostyle was set up by three Elise enthusiasts to produce accessories for the Elise. The T Bar roof solution is their most exciting product to date. It's a three piece glass fibre hard top that hinges on both sides with gas struts supporting the panels. It allows easier access into the car if necessary but more importantly allowsΒ the roof panels to be lifted out andΒ stored in the boot for roof-off motoring with little fuss.

Tigga Reese, co-founder and CEO of Autostyle solutions stated "After many months of hard work and several setbacks, I am extremely pleased to see the fruits of our labour become a reality. The T-Bar roof now offers a high quality alternative to the traditional β€˜hard top or soft top’ approach which not only enhances the styling but also increases the comfort and convenience levels of the car."

The T-bar solution has been designed to fit on both the early (long roof) and later (short roof) models of the Elise S2.Β  Price for a fully painted roof is Β£1999.95 includingΒ VAT and UK mainland delivery.

Link: www.autostyle-solutions.com

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  • MEMSDesign 16 Apr 2003

    Please don't mention the 'T' word. You'll start a riot!

  • tonykart 16 Apr 2003

    I live in Hong Kong and am definitely interested in this. A few questions:

    1) How much does it weigh?
    2) What's the installation like?
    3) Have you tested this in pouring rain to check for leaks?
    4) Do you have a package price for the roof and the allround mesh kit?
    5) What's the delivery time?

    Thanks very much. I'm extremely keen on this and will order asap once I receive the answers.

    Cheers

    Tony

  • alunr 16 Apr 2003


    tonykart said: I live in Hong Kong and am definitely interested in this. A few questions:

    1) How much does it weigh?
    2) What's the installation like?
    3) Have you tested this in pouring rain to check for leaks?
    4) Do you have a package price for the roof and the allround mesh kit?
    5) What's the delivery time?

    Thanks very much. I'm extremely keen on this and will order asap once I receive the answers.

    Cheers

    Tony


    You're probably best off emailing tigga directly via the autostyle solutions website.

  • jeremycs 16 Apr 2003

    what happens to the water on the roof when you open it when it's been raining??

  • laner 16 Apr 2003

    It falls on your head Jeremy

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