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Lotus Elise Sprint goes back to lightweight basics

Lotus Elise Sprint goes back to lightweight basics

Lotus was always a proponent of the "simplify, then add lightness" school of car design, preferring to focus on weight rather than just shoehorn in more power. Still, though the British automaker was more removed than most from the trends of the car industry, the Elise gradually became better equipped and, as a result, heavier. Now, there's a new Elise Sprint edition, which takes Lotus right back to founding principles.

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Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition sheds 26kg

Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition sheds 26kg

Lotus has unveiled a new special edition version of the Exige 350 called the Exige 350 Special Edition. This special edition was whipped up to celebrate 50 years and Hethel. The Exige 350 special edition is based on the standard Exige Sport 350, but it has shed some weight in the effort to maximize performance.

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Caterham Seven 310 packs 152bhp of lightweight performance.

Caterham Seven 310 packs 152bhp of lightweight performance.

Caterham Cars is a maker of one of the best Lotus 7 replicas on the market. The little car is a lightweight open-top ride meant to be enjoyed on the roads and on the racetrack. Caterham has a new version of the car that has just been announced that is called the Seven 310 and this car has come from the company's motorsports program.

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What’s Yellow, Black and 70kg lighter? The Lotus Evora Sport 410

What’s Yellow, Black and 70kg lighter? The Lotus Evora Sport 410

Lotus has unveiled a new special edition of its Evora sports car. The vehicle is called the Lotus Evora Sport 410 and it is one of the fastest Lotus models ever introduced. The car is able to reach 60mph from a standstill in 3.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 186 mph.

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Lotus Exige Sport 350 gets lighter and faster

Lotus Exige Sport 350 gets lighter and faster

Lotus has been working hard to change its models of the better over the last few years. Lotus has always made cars that were lightweight and had rather modest power outputs and its new 2016 models are no different. The company unveiled lighter Elise Sport models last month. This month Lotus has turned its eye towards the Exige with the unveil of the Lotus Exige Sport 350.

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2016 Lotus Elise Sport models lighten up, come in variety of new colors

2016 Lotus Elise Sport models lighten up, come in variety of new colors

Two new models from Lotus have been announced this week, both the new Elise Sport and the Elise Sport 220. These models replace the outgoing Elise (1.6) and the Elise S, coming this time with a set of new colors and trim options as well as a weight reduction of 10 kg in both new models. Weight reduction here is part of what Lotus suggests is their "continued central design philosophy of Lotus – ‘lighter, faster’ and the perpetual quest to reduce weight of all constituent parts and in some cases remove unnecessary parts altogether."

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Hennessey Venom GT now makes 1451 hp

Hennessey Venom GT now makes 1451 hp

One of the most insane streetcars ever made comes from Hennessey Performance in Texas and it's called the Venom GT. The car is made from a modified Lotus body crammed full of turbocharged American V8 power. This car held the world's fastest vehicle title when it hit 270 mph on the old Space Shuttle runway in Florida.

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Lotus Elise will roll back into the US in 2020

Lotus Elise will roll back into the US in 2020

Of all the sports cars that Lotus ever made, my favorites were the late model Elise and Exige models. Those cars disappeared from the US back in 2011 because the cars no longer met US safety regulations and exemptions that Lotus had to continue selling here expired. That means the Elise and Exige were suddenly unavailable for sports car buyers in the US.

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Lotus 3-Eleven detailed in two editions, limited to 311 vehicles

Lotus 3-Eleven detailed in two editions, limited to 311 vehicles

Two versions of the new Lotus 3-Eleven have been revealed this week as "the quickest production Lotus road car(s) ever." These vehicles are being touted by the Lotus company as having a "dramatic, all-new lightweight composite body" at this week's 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Inside the new Lotus model, drivers will find a revised V6 supercharged engine with a 450 hp. This release, the company suggests, "heralds a new generation of Lotus high performance sports cars," all-new body and open cockpit included.

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Lotus Elise 20th anniversary edition get supercharged engine

Lotus Elise 20th anniversary edition get supercharged engine

Lotus has unveiled a special version of the Elise to celebrate the 20th birthday of that model. The car is called the Elise 20th Anniversary Special Edition and it is based on the Elise S Club Racer and actually replaces that car in the line. It doesn't seem like the Elise has been around for 20 years, but the first Elsie debuted back in 1995 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Tesla put James Bond Lotus submarine Easter egg in Model S software

Tesla put James Bond Lotus submarine Easter egg in Model S software

Of all the James Bond movies that have been made, my favorite has always been the Roger Moore flick where his Lotus Esprit turns into a submarine. Apparently, Tesla's Elon musk liked that flick too. Back in 2013, he purchased the prop submarine used in the film and at the time word was that he planned to update the sub with some Tesla innards.

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