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Lotus launches classic racing liveries with Elise Heritage Editions
Lotus launched the Elise in 1996. Variants apart from the 2005-2011 "Federal Elise" models remain in the forbidden fruit for North Americans, but enthusiasts elsewhere in the world can still buy a new Elise while these pure sports cars are available. Lotus just launched a limited edition of 100 cars based on the Elise Sport 220, complete with heritage livery and a bunch of extras thrown in for good measure.
Joining Alfa Romeo in celebrating racing victories with fancy paint jobs, the Elise's four new color combinations start with red, white and gold, echoing the Lotus Type 49B that Graham Hill raced in 1968. With the help of the race car's Ford-Cosworth DFV 3.0 V-8, Hill helped Team Lotus win the championship by 12 points ahead of Matra's first F1 car, the also-DFV-powered MS10 driven by Jackie Stewart.