Lotus Elise Club Racer: Classic Colors For The Modern Man

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Based on the 134 HP Elise S, this 2010 Lotus Elise Club Racer is painted in "Old English White" which isn't meant to mimic the pallor of cider aficionados, but rather colors from Lotus's 1960s palette.


"We have taken color schemes from our past, used on the Elite and Elan in the 1960s, and cleverly brought them up to date with a modern feel to the interior. The whole design package is modern with a classic twist," says Lotus director Luke Bennet.

In addition to white, there's also Elite Yellow, Carbon Grey and Sky Blue. Those colors continue into the interior on the transmission tunnel and the microfiber bucket seats. The club racer also gets grey 6-spoke alloys, Yokohama AD07 LTS tires, a grey shift knob and an anodized aluminum floor. The Elise S reaches 60 MPH in 5.7 seconds.


If all that's a bit girly for you or, perhaps you are actually a large scale consumer of Olde English, then Lotus is also showing the 2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260, which makes the same 257 HP as before, but is now lighter, stiffer and more nimble than before, largely thanks to shedding 26 pounds through the use of even lighter components and ditching the rearview mirror, sun visors and carpets. All that ads up to just 1,958 Lbs of total weight, meaning it weighs half of what a Camaro does and will hit 60 MPH in 4.0 seconds.

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I was hoping for Oak panelling, but I'll take it.