Lotus Elise News

  • Elisa Artioli

    Despite no longer being on sale in the United States, the Lotus Elise has been pivotal in keeping the British sports car marque alive during decades of financial hardship. Development started shortly after Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli bought Lotus from General Motors in 1993, with the car's launch taking place three years later. Artioli, who was chairman of Lotus at the time, decided to name it after his granddaughter Elisa Artioli. She recently visited the Lotus factory in Hethel, England to help celebrate this year's 70th anniversary of when Lotus founder Colin Chapman built his...

  • Alleged patent drawing for Lotus SUV - Image via PC Auto
    Lotus planning two new sports car for 2020, then an SUV

    In the spring of 2017, 51 percent of Lotus was acquired by Chinese automaker Geely. Since that time, rumblings about some much-needed fresh product have been trickling out of Lotus HQ. Now, according to a report today from Automotive News (subscription required), two new sports cars are being...

  • 2018 Rezvani Beast Alpha X Blackbird
    Rezvani Beast Alpha X Blackbird lands with 700 horsepower

    California's Rezvani is back with another crazy creation from its Beast line of sports cars. The latest is a 700-horsepower version of the Beast Alpha that appropriately is dubbed the Beast Alpha X Blackbird. The Beast Alpha cars are based on Lotus Elise chassis, instead of Ariel Atom chassis like...

  • Lotus Elise with a V-8 is a great example of a wild hillclimb car
    This Lotus Elise hillclimb racer packs a V-8 secret

    In our continuing exploration of the world of hillclimb race cars we present a new mighty, maniacal machine for your enjoyment. This time around we're working with a Lotus Elise. This is a car built on the idea of added lightness, but this one also has a V-8 engine. This particular V-8 isn't a...

  • 2016 Lotus Elise Race 250
    Lotus Elise Race 250 is the fastest Elise yet

    Lotus has unveiled what it claims is its fastest Elise yet. The car is called the Elise Race 250 and as the name suggests this one’s designed for track use only. That’s good as its track-only nature means Lotus can sell it in the United States, since track cars don’t have to meet...

  • 2016 Lotus Elise Cup 250
    2016 Lotus Elise Cup 250: Forbidden Fruit

    Lotus doesn’t plan to sell an Elise in the United States until the arrival of a next-generation model sometime around the end of the decade. Sadly, that means we miss out on all the new variants of the current model. The latest is the Elise Cup 250, which Lotus bills as its fastest Elise...

  • 2015 Lotus Elise S Cup

    The Lotus Elise is a no-nonsense, somewhat affordable sports car that’s equally at home on the road or race track. Unfortunately, the Elise together with its Exige sibling ceased sales in the United States back in 2011 because of a lack of ‘smart’ airbags. These are designed to monitor the size and position of the occupant of the seat so that an airbag can be deployed safely when necessary. Engineering the airbags for the Elise and Exige proved too costly for cash-strapped Lotus and thus the tough decision was made to pull the cars from the market. Remember, Lotus was...

  • 2015 Lotus Elise 20th Anniversary Edition
    Lotus Celebrates 20 Years Of The Elise With Special Edition Model

    It was at the Frankfurt Auto Show back in 1995 that Lotus first introduced a car called the “Elise”, and now, two decades on, the automaker from the British town Hethel is celebrating the milestone with a special edition Elise. The new special edition is called the “Elise 20th...

  • 2015 Lotus Elise S Cup
    2015 Lotus Elise S Cup: Forbidden Fruit

    Only a couple of weeks ago we spotted a Lotus Elise prototype testing at the Nürburgring, which we reported at the time was for a road-going version of the automaker’s Elise S Cup R race car. Now, Lotus has confirmed the car's launch and released this first photo of it. The new sports...

  • 2015 Lotus Elise S Cup R road car spy shots
    2015 Lotus Elise S Cup R road car spy shots

    Lotus appears to be working on a new version of its Elise sports car, believed to be based on the Elise S Cup R race car that debuted earlier this year and was designed for the Lotus Cup racing series. This prototype, spotted at the Nürburgring, features a body kit almost identical to the one...

  • 2014 Lotus Elise S Cup R
    2014 Lotus Elise S Cup R Officially Unveiled At Autosport

    The Elise S Cup R is a track-bred version of Lotus' topless sports car.

  • 2014 Lotus Elise S Cup R race car
    2014 Lotus Elise S Cup R Race Car Revealed

    The Lotus Elise may no longer be sold in the U.S. but you can still purchase versions of the car designed for track use. One example is the 2014 Lotus Elise S Cup R race car, which is based on the supercharged Elise S and is designed for the Lotus Cup racing series, competitions for which are run...

  • 2009 Lotus Exige S

    Lotus has issued a recall for its Elise and Exige due to a similar leaking oil problem that led to a recall in 2011 for versions of the sports cars from the 2005 and 2006 model years. This time around it is Elise and Exige models from the 2007 and 2008 model years. Specifically, it is those Elise and Exige models built from December 1, 2006, through October 31, 2007. Some 451 cars are affected by the latest recall in the U.S. According to Lotus, the oil cooler line on these models may become detached from their fitting. Should this occur, oil, under high pressure, could spray onto a tire...

  • The PG Elektrus.
    Is The Lotus-Based PG Elektrus The Stuff Of Dreams?

    A Germany company best known for building carbon-fiber bicycles has announced a revolutionary electric car, with performance claims that sound far too good to be true.

  • 2011 Lotus Elise
    2011 Lotus Elise Recalled For Faulty Turn Signals

    Following last month’s recall of the 2005 and 2006 Lotus Exige and Elise models for potentially dangerous oil leaks, Lotus has issued a new recall, this time only concerning the 2011 Elise. The affected models are those Elise sports cars built between June 2010 and February 2011, of which...

  • 2006 Lotus Elise
    2005-06 Lotus Elise And Exige Recalled For Oil Leaks

    Following an investigation conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) back in July over potential oil-cooler leaks on 2005 and 2006 Lotus Elise and Exige sports cars, the government safety agency together with Lotus has now upgraded the investigation to a full recall...

  • 2011 Lotus Elise
    Onwards And Upwards: Lotus To Stop Production Of North American Elise/Exige In August

    As most auto fans have heard plenty about, Lotus is in the process of a rather drastic overhaul, attempting to regain footing in the ranks of true supercar makers. Part of that process is developing new models like the Esprit and Eterne, and part of it is reworking older models for the future. The...

  • Hawker Beechcraft K4000 and Lotus Exos Type 125
    Buy A Hawker Beechcraft Jet And Get A Lotus Thrown In For Free

    Lotus has teamed up with another legendary company, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC), the manufacturer of Hawker and Beechcraft business jets, with the two firms working together on a number of unique initiatives. And to mark the occasion, HBC will be giving away a free Lotus sports car to...

  • Lotus Elise Club Racer

    The Lotus Elise, once one of Lotus' only two production cars, is now the last of its former breed. Today it gets a new Club Racer variant, due to debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Taking the philosophy that gave the company legendary status (if not blockbuster sales) to even greater extremes than the standard Elise, the Club Racer shaves pounds eveyrwhere possible to get a full 50 pounds out of the already-sub-2,000-pounder it's based on. How did they cut the weight? By using a motorsport-derived lightweight battery, deleting the noise insulation, and practicing gram strategy everywhere...

  • Keg Sitting In A Lotus
    Who Says A Lotus Elise Isn't Practical?

    Many people want a Lotus Elise. But many of their loved ones usually say something like, "That isn't a practical car." They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, a picture says it all. Clearly, if you are dedicated enough, a Lotus can be practical. Come on, if it can carry a keg...

  • 2013 Lotus Esprit Concept
    Lutz Gives Lotus 60 Percent Chance Of Success With New Line

    So what, exactly, is Bob Lutz doing pontificating on the probabilities of Proton-owned Lotus' likelihood of success? He's an member of the senior advisory board, invited by new CEO Dany Bahar. And he's guesstimating a 60 percent chance of success for Lotus' new model line and product direction...

  • 2015 Lotus Elise Concept
    2010 Paris Auto Show: 2015 Lotus Elise Live Photos

    Lotus is probably in the best financial position it’s been in for years, with its debts about to be cleared and production at full capacity. Focus now turns to what’s in-store for the future and we’ve had a preview of that with the unveiling of no less than six production intent...

  • Mysterious Lotus test-mule spy shots
    Report: Lotus Working On V-6-Powered Elise And Exige

    Lotus is probably in the best financial position it’s been in for years, with its debts about to be cleared and production at full capacity. Focus now turns to what’s in store for the future and one of the bright spots on the horizon is a new-generation of the Esprit. However, captured...

  • 2011 Hennessey Venom GT
    Video: Hennessey Venom GT Road Testing In The U.K.

    The Lotus Elise-based supercar gets a shakedown in the British countryside.

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