Lotus is a brand steeped in racing history. To pay tribute to that high-octane heritage, the British brand is offering the Elise sportscar in four limited-edition color schemes. Officially called the Classic Heritage Edition, there are four combinations in total that alter not only the vehicles’ exterior, but also the interior. Just 100 will be built in total with customer demands dictating the final breakdown between colors.
A black and gold alludes to the livery of Emerson Fittipaldi’s Lotus Type 72D which competed in the 1972 Formula 1 season. Red, white, and gold harken to Graham Hill’s Type 49B used in 1968. Blue, red, and silver is inspired by the Lotus Type 81 driven by racing greats like Mario Andretti and Nigel Mansell. Finally, blue and white pays tribute to the Type 18 of 1960. This was the first Lotus car to achieve a Formula 1 pole position and victory, being driven by Sir Stirling Moss at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Options & Features
The cars come equipped with optional features like DAB digital radio, A/C, cruise control, and ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels complete with a racing livery finish. Two-piece disc brakes and black carpet with floor mats are also included.
Inside, the Elise interior color pack is integrated as standard equipment. That brings color-keyed upper door trim and seat insert with additional color detailing on the door, shift selector surround, and dashboard picking. One note, customers who select the blue and white scheme will get red Alcantara seat centers, not blue. To mark the run, each car receives a numbered plaque.
Sale & Availablity
Each car costs the same, ringing up at $52,338.63. Additional options can be tacked on, including a fiberglass hardtop roof, a lithium-ion battery and titanium exhaust. The special vehicles are on sale now. Checkered flag and roaring fans not included.