By Mark H
Elise named overall winner out of 17 automotive icons including Porsche 911, Land Rover, Ford Mustang, Mini and VW Beetle Elise took more than a quarter of the total vote from tens of thousands of Autocar readers around the world The Lotus Elise has been awarded the prestigious Readers' Champion award at the Autocar Awards 2019.
In a recent poll, Autocar readers were invited to vote for their favourite icon from a list of 17 cars that are still in production and using the same name since launch. Each of the selected icons were championed by a different member of the Autocar editorial team.
Receiving the award were Lotus Cars’ Design Director, Russell Carr and Head of Concepts Richard Rackham.
Russell Carr said: “The Elise as a concept demonstrated the purity of Lotus design perfectly. As a design, it has developed and evolved over the years, but the essence of the Elise has always remained and that is one of the reasons why it has become such an icon. And of course, I greatly appreciate the support from the Autocar readership who clearly recognise this iconic status.”
Richard Rackham, previously the Vehicle Architect behind the Elise, added: “The Elise was a revolution, as not only did it demonstrate the benefits of lightweight to an industry that insisted on higher power and the increased mass that goes with it, but it also pioneered the use of extruded and bonded aluminium technology which is now so ubiquitous in global small volume vehicle manufacture.”
Mark Tisshaw, Editor of Autocar, said: “Displaying the appetite for pure driving machinery we’ve always been certain they had, our loyal readers have decided by an overwhelming margin that the Lotus Elise is this year’s 2019 Autocar Awards Readers’ Champion. Readers chose the Elise for its unwavering emphasis on driving factors: fine steering, handling and brakes made more effective by its compactness and light weight. For the record, we at Autocar enthusiastically applaud the decision.”
The bonded and extruded aluminium chassis technology that Lotus introduced first to the industry continues to evolve and improve. Future Lotus cars will incorporate this and new lightweight technologies, further strengthening Lotus’ position as a leader in agile, high performance and lightweight sports cars.
The Elise was not the only Lotus to have been included in the voting process, with the Lotus Seven as another of the 17 icons.
By David Le Belge
Various books from my collection, all in very good state.
Collection from Lincoln prefered but I can check for shipping prices if you insist!
Team Lotus, my view from the pit wall - Peter Warr - SOLD Colin Chapman, the man and his cars - Gerard Crombac - SOLD It was fun! - Tony Rudd - SOLD Lotus 78 and 79 - John Tipler - £10 Memories of Ronnie Peterson - £10 Elise Rebirth of the trus Lotus - Alastair Clements - SOLD Graham Hill, master of motorsport - John Tipler - £10 Stirling Moss, Robert Edwards - £10 Stirling Moss, racing with the maestro - Karl Ludvigsen - £10 Emmerson Fittipaldi, heart of a racer - Karl Ludvigsen - £10 (signed by the author) Memories of James Hunt - Christopher Hilton - £10 Ayrton Senna, the Team Lotus years -£15 Jenson Button, my championship year - free with £20 purchase (one available) World atlas of F1 tracks - free with £20 purchase (one available)
Stunning Aubergine Lotus Elise 111R
2005 111R (Aubergine)
Only 11 ever made in the UK (Vehicle of provenance to prove)
2Bular 6'' Twin Exit Exhaust
Black Alloy Wheels
Black Fuel Filler Surround (Original Available)
ECU Remap 5600rpm Cam change
I've now owned it for over 3 years and had built some fantastic memories both on my own and on trips out with my Wife in it. The car has never let me down and been very reliable. I've been a member of NYLOC/MLOC for a while now and had some amazing trips with both clubs. The car itself has been to many car shows and clearly well recognized among the community.
Highlight for me (As shown in picture) is being taken to my wedding in convoy with a few friends from the Lotus community.
Condition of the car is excellent given that it's now a 13 year old car. Most people who see it would suggest a lot newer based on visual condition. Age related marks can be found however very few and consummate with being a low down sports car. I've tried to keep the car as original as possible with the below exceptions:
2Bular 6'' Twin exit exhaust (Sounds just right)
TRD Air filter
Black Alloy Wheels (Superb Condition)
5600rpm Lower Cam change (Makes the car a whole lot more drivable)
All ball joints recently changed and drop links
Brand new Clutch just fitted
I've always ran the car on super unleaded and given the car a good warm up before heading off anywhere. It has recently been given a full clean MOT with no advisories at all. The car has been serviced every year by dealer/lotus specialists however this year was the first time It's been serviced by me. This is a basic service with all nescessary oils changed with only the best stuff.
I've pampered the car throughout my ownership and take great pride treating it to a clean/polish using god knows how many products at no expense spared again.
Points to note: (The Negative)
Drivers window requires new top guide blocks (Already have new ones ready to fit)
Waist seals on windows have corrosion near the mirror (Very common)
Couple of small marks here and there (Very few given age of car and due to near full armourfend protection)
Driver air vent fin broken but replacement can be sourced for less than £20
That's about all I can think of negative wise.
As said originally, I am currently looking at options and this is dependant on genuine interest. This car is much loved and I imagine there to only be 4 or 5 currently left on the UK roads in this variant/colour.
u2u me for enquiries.
Car will be available to drive away from 8th August if right price/deal can be made. Test drives/viewings available upon request from 21st July to 3rd August depending on finding a slot/time to suit.