Blime, you’re worse than my 5 year old nephew on the questions front! The best bet is to do a good old search of the site, there’s not much that hasn’t been covered, but I’ll give a few of those a go:
first of all id like to know exactly how to pronounce the name??
It’s French for ‘Demand’.
next id like to know the difference bettween the s1 and the s2?
The S1 is based on the Elise Motorsport track car and is a derivative of the original Elise. It is race car for the road. The S2 is a different animal, it is more a road car for the track. It has more sophisicated suspension but weights in at around 100kgs more; that’s quite important on the track where the weight changes the character of the car. Both have about 190bhp but from different engines, the S1 a highly tuned Rover K-series and the S2 a Toyota (from the Celica with Lotus ECU). The S2 has a higher top speed as its downforce (and hence drag) is much lower. Along with the weight increase that’ll keep its speed down in faster bends. The S2 is a better build quality and a nicer finish interior, but that depends if you want a road car or a race car. There’s too many other little differences to mention. In fact, there’s quite a lot of difference between early and late S1 cars.
i would also like to know how many of each model were made and how many of each model reside in different countries?
About 600 S1s were made, with around 250 road registered in the UK. We know of a few in Japan, USA, mainland Europe, South Africa and Australia but I don’t know numbers. Some of that 600 will have been purely for the track.
The S2 has only just started shipping.
…im wondering where best to get it form as the local lotus dealer has informed me there are no S1s in the country as the s2 is much better… but i will be struglling to affrod a s1 i think let alone the s2. so what would be my best bet in finding a good one at a good price…
Well you dealer is a buffoon. They are very different. As a road car, yeah probably but that’s not really what the Exige is about (some have refered to the S2 as an Elise Coupe, as it upsets their sensibilities of what the original stood for).
Your best bet is almost certainly Oz. I even think there was one for sale there. Dig around the site.
…also what parts would be best to stock up on? as i dont think it would be too easy to get parts for it in nz?
Exige ownership is not always the most straightforward exercise (which is probaly why this site has prospered). If you’re going to run the proper tyres (and you should because they’re magic!) you’ll need a new set every 5000 miles or so. Longer lasting rubber is available and is probably fine on the road but not a patch on the track.
As for parts, most of the S1 engine bits are Rover (or another manufactuer), so it may not be as hard as you think. There’s plenty of sources but in general you’re not going to know what you’ll need next so stocking up is probably a waste of effort. Plenty of oil, as it’ll need regular service.
Hope that helped.