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Lotus Elise name origins revealed

English: 2005 Lotus Elise

2005 Lotus Elise (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did you know that the Lotus Elise was named after the then-chairman’s grand-daughter called Elisa?

The Lotus Elise is a super two-seat, rear-wheel drive, mid-engined monster of a roadster. It was first dreamt up in early 1994 and later assembled in Hethel in Norfolk, England.

Built under the strong Lotus cars badge and released in September 1996, the Elise has had heads turning for close to two decades since.

Elise stems from the name of Romano Artioli’s grand-daughter, Elisa. Romano was the chairman of Lotus and Bugatti and the time of the sports cars’ launch.

Lotus Elise not just elegant

The beautifully-crafted lightweight roadster is not just a gem to look at; it’s a peach to drive too. The Lotus Elise can reach top speeds of 150mph (240kph) and can hit 0-60mph in just 5.8 seconds.

This model is arguably the most beloved of Lotus vehicles. So, it should come as no surprise that at the 2010 Paris motor show, the expectation of the 2015 Lotus Elise was greeted with touts of a return of the best Lotus automobile.

New models are certainly now long-overdue. There have been no significant changes since April 2010, when the 2011 Lotus Elise models were announced – these came in 1.6-litre and 1.8-litre capacities.

A recent AutoExpress review for the Lotus Elise 1.8 (220) S scored the car a 67.8%.

Lovely little Lotus extras

Whilst we’re waiting for the new 2015 Lotus Elise, you and I will have to make do with some flashbacks at what makes the lightweight roadster so special.

Feel like you’re at the races with this Golf R32 v Lotus Elise carpark drag race in Germany (don’t try this yourselves!).

I love this cheeky tweet too… Couldn’t have said it better myself!

Lotus Cars

Mon Oct 14 15:50:44 +0000 2013

RT @wilcodirect: The @grouplotusplc #Elise has the best #car depreciation value. 0-60 in 4.2 has never been so sensible! http://t.co/QddxUO

And if that wasn’t enough, here’s a few more pics of the Lotus Elise in all its glory…

2007 Lotus Elise SC in Tokyo Motor Show 2007 (...

2007 Lotus Elise SC in Tokyo Motor Show 2007 (World Premiere) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Lotus Elise during 12h Le Brno race Č...

English: Lotus Elise during 12h Le Brno race Česky: Lotus Elise při závodu 12h Le Brno (Photo credit: Wikipedia)