Lotus celebrates its motorsport legacy with these Elise Classic Heritage Editions

Simply gorgeous
by Tom Harrison | May 10, 2020
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Go on, which one of these new Lotus special editions is your favourite? Is it the black/gold car, as inspired by the John Player-liveried Type 72D in which Emerson Fittipaldi won five GPs in 1972? Or maybe it’s the red/white/gold car, which pays tribute to the Type 49B Graham Hill raced in 1968?

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Could it be the blue/white car celebrating the Type 18 of 1960, which Sir Stirling Moss drove to Lotus’ first F1 pole and win? Or the blue/red/silver homage to ’80s Type 81, as driven by Nigel Mansell, Elio de Angelis, and Mario Andretti?

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No more than 100 of these Classic Heritage Edition Elises will be built, all for the same £46,250 RRP (P2.89 million) regardless of which of the four liveries—which are carried over to the interior—you go for. The split will not be even—Lotus won’t simply build 25 cars in each colorway. Rather, “the final numbers of each variant dictated by customer demand.” So, get a build slot and you ought to get the one you want.

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The base car is the Elise Sport 220, which is good for 233kph and 0-60mph (97kph) in 4.2sec. The 1.8-liter supercharged engine gives 217hp and 249Nm.

The Classic Heritage Edition costs £6,350 (P397,000) more than the standard car, but Lotus claims you’re getting £11,735 (P733,300) worth of extra equipment for your money, so besides looking good and being quite rare, they’re actually decent value. Tempted?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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