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.
Lotus Elise S (134bhp Toyota 1ZZ engine)
2007MY so has revised headlights, Probax seats, LED rear lights etc
Chrome Orange metallic paintwork (very rare and expensive Lotus Lifestyle option)
Full service history
New heater resistor pack
Alloy radiator upgrade
Was fitted with full paintwork protection including PPF, clam guards and black arch protectors, so paint is as new
Gloss black alloy wheels with correct Yokohama tyres in excellent condition and plenty of tread
Genuinely looks and drives like half the mileage
Black soft top roof included
Colour coded hard top is at extra cost, originally a £1200 option, call to discuss.
Private number plate is not included
Hpi checked and clear
Amazing condition and value, needs to be seen to be appreciated
Near impossible to find in this colour!
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)