If we had a nickel for every version of the Elise that Lotus has rolled out over the years, we might actually have enough spare change to buy one ourselves. And we're not even talking about the entire separate models (like the Exige and Europa) that Lotus has based on the Elise's platform or the other automakers' cars (like the Tesla Roadster and Hennessey Venom GT) that have used the same. And now Lotus appears to be testing another one.

Spotted lapping the Nürburgring, what we're looking at here appears to be the track-bound Elise S Cup R, but our intrepid paparazzi by the side of the track tell us it's missing the switches for the battery isolator and fire extinguisher. In their place, this Elise is wearing an even bigger rear wing as part of an altogether rather aggressive aero kit – not to mention a rockin' matte red wrap.

All of these telltales make us think Lotus has something extreme in the works, and we could find out what exactly it is as early as the Paris Motor Show in October, so stay tuned and watch this space.

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      • 4 Months Ago

      So...Lotus can build Toyota powered mid engine cars but Toyota can't?  Ridiculous...If toyota cared to they could build a 300hp mid engine car that would rival the Boxster/Cayman at 2/3 the base price (forget ridiculous german option prices).  But they are too concerned with turning the RAV 4 into a Lexus....

      • 4 Months Ago

      Really getting tired of the same stuff over and over. How about some new cars Lotus?!

        • 4 Months Ago

        Why, you in the market?

        Personally, I hope the Elise never dies.

      Jon Almario
      • 4 Months Ago

      new engine perhaps? i wish they can use the subaru boxer engine..

      • 4 Months Ago

      Sell the trademark and close the building - it was over 30-40yrs ago.  

        • 4 Months Ago

        Think of Lotus like Yamaha or McLaren.  They make they're money elsewhere, but occasionally bless the car world with spectacular engines/vehicles under their own brand.  Behind the occasional Elise/Exige variant, Lotus has had their hands involved in the original Corvette ZR-1, GM Ecotec engines, Aston Martin DB9, various Toyota vehicles, and the (gasp!) GT-R, to name a few. They also have done some serious research in EVs (beyond the Tesla Roadster).  They're pioneering approach to aerodynamics in F1 is legendary.  Point being, while their car offering may be small (and awesome!), Lotus closing up shop would do the industry and car lovers a big disadvantage.

      Darth Nader
      • 4 Months Ago

      Not that it matters...we'll never see it over here.  I'll just sit here and cry in my Cheerios.

      • 4 Months Ago

      It is a shame only the Evora is available in the U.S. they need to make a lighter / smaller 2 seat Elise like car based on the Evora for the American market.

      James Hoyt
      • 4 Months Ago

      Love MY 1973 Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special !