While most of the hype surrounding Lotus the past few months has revolved around the all-new Evora 2+2 sports car, the company has not forgotten the car that saved them from near oblivion, the Elise. For 2011, the iconic, lightweight sports car receives styling tweaks to bring the look a little closer to the new Evora. The changes include a new front clam shell, rear bumper, and engine cover. These changes give the Elise a 4% reduction in aerodynamic drag, and yield an improvement in fuel economy. Other notable changes include new headlamps with LED lighting (for daytime running lights and turn signals) and new wheels-standard cast alloys or optional forged alloys.
For weeks now, Ittai Geiger has been promoting the living daylights out of his upcoming video. The guy has posted a rambling video of himself and then a InnamorAuto trailer to just about every automotive Facebook group in existence. The finished product had better be pretty good or he will have ticked off a bunch of people!
Great news for Ittai and his co-horts Jared Silver and Scott Gross. Their finished product is outstanding! It is funny, informative and visual eye candy, with all sorts of artistic effects in use to bring the little Lotus to life on the small screen. Nice job guys!
A few days ago I glossed over a post somewhere about a lady named Rachel, taking her Lotus Elise to La Carrera Panamerica. It didn’t occur to me that this is Shannon’s partner. It seems the gene that causes people to love cool cars runs deep with this crowd.
Rachel Larrat is blogging about her travels, and has also posted some killer pics of cars they’ve seen along the way. The event starts today and runs for 7 fun filled days. You can be sure we’ll be watching this one from up here in chilly Ontario. I can only imagine how much fun this would be. Maybe even better than Targa Newfoundland.
Coop is another La Carrera competitor who has a blog that is filled with dozens on incredible images, and they event is only just starting today. The contrast between the colorful Mexican buildings and the vintage racers is stunning.
Of course it’s also every car owner’s worst nightmare too. There are apparently pretty specific lifting instructions for the Lotus Elise. The above is what happens when some meathead at the local tire shop doesn’t read the instructions that have been given to him by the owner.
There have been a lot of reports lately of 2008/9 Lotus Elise test mule running around and Top Speed has posted this pic of the beauty. You gotta hope there’s a Lotus under all that cardboard, ’cause it looks an awful lot like something out of Kit Car magazine in 1982!
Think the Tesla looks like a massaged Lotus Elise? Well, there is a good reason for it. The car was designed by Lotus staff for Tesla, based on the Elise. Teslas developed the advanced Lithium Ion batteries that allow the car to travel up to 250 miles without a charge. A newspaper in Norfolk UK is reporting the Lotus has signed an agreement with Tesla to produce the Tesla Roadster at the Lotus plant in Hethel.
Here’s one for all you Lotus Elise fans. Those lucky guys over at Axis of Oversteer recently spent the day at Lime Rock Park at an open lapping day. As always, they have some stunning pics of some really cool machinery. It always amazes me how many people there are with a ton of money when you see some of the casual drivers who show up for a lapping day with ultra rare, expensive race cars. Enjoy the full gallery at A of O.
As regular readers of The Garage may have noticed, we are suckers for vintage racing of any sort. Phillip over at Classical Drive has posted about the wonders of visiting a vintage weekend. He sends us to Axis of Oversteer, a great blog for vintage racing enthusiasts, and anyone who’s really into BMW’s and the Lotus Elise. They have some fantastic in car video and a really nice slide show of images from this year’s Monaco Historics race.
Chris over at My Lotus elise has been at it again. This time he’s taken his camera and the Elise and invaded a cemetary for some bright and cheerful shots.
After a rainfall, Chris also managed to catch some great reflections.