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    Frankfurt 2009: Melkus RS2000 provides thrills with history for big money
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    Three years ago Melkus, the historic, East German race car builder, released renderings of a gullwing sports car they wanted to have ready in 2009. It always makes us happy to see the passionate guy make big plans and then get them achieved – on time even – and the Melkus RS2000 is the culmination of that achievement. Based on an Elise, it ...

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    Frankfurt 2009: Lotus Elise Club Racer and Exige Cup 260 give us that special feeling
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    Another show, another pair of special editions from Lotus. This time around it's the Elise Club Racer and the Exige Cup 260, two lightweight specials based on the company's core product range. We brought you details and photos of both a few weeks ago in the ramp-up to the show, but stopped by to have a closer look at the pair while we were there ...

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    Lotus announces Elise Club Racer, 31 mpg sports car
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    One of the upsides of Colin Chapman's philosophy of "adding lightness" is that Lotus sports cars are typically very efficient relative to their performance levels. Such is the case with the Elise, which is one of the lightest cars on the market today. At the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, Lotus will release a new Club Racer special edition of the Elise. ...

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    Für Elise: New Lotus Club Racer model a lyrical composition of thrift with swift
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    Guess what? Yet another special edition of the Lotus Elise is scheduled to make a grand entrance at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month. This one, called the Elise Club Racer, is based on the 134-horsepower Elise S, and we don't think it's headed to America at this time. Pity, since the unique color schemes – Elite Yellow, Carbon Grey, Sky ...

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    Lotus begins offering supercharger kits for all NA Elises and Exiges
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    Anyone who's picked up a Lotus Elise or Exige before the kids from Hethel began offering a factory supercharged engine, help is at hand. Drivers of normally aspirated Lotuses can now get a factory style blower kit from Lotus Cars USA. The system is completely emissions certified, warrantied and legal in all 50 states, and includes higher flow injectors, ...

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    Hertz So Good: Lotus Elise SC joins Italian rent-a-car fleet
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    Ever fantasize about driving an exotic sportscar around Italy? Well who hasn't. And there are plenty of companies on the peninsula that'll be glad to help you out. Count among them now car rental giant Hertz. But while you may have images in your head of wafting around the countryside in a Maserati or Lamborghini, Hertz has something entirely different on ...

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    Lotus becomes title sponsor of Lotus Challenge Series
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    After attending the second event of the 2008 Lotus Challenge Series last May, we were convinced the up-start had potential. Lotus Cars USA seems to agree and has become the title sponsor for the 2009 season.In its inaugural year, the series stuck to California for six of its events, along with two races at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, ...

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    Tesla Motors and Lotus announce matching recall notices
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    Tesla Motors has announced its first-ever recall, affecting all 345 Roadsters the Silicon Valley automaker produced in 2008. According to the official recall notice from the NHTSA, the rear hub flange bolts on some vehicles may not be torqued to proper specifications, which could lead to "degredation in vehicle handling and a rubbing noise from the rear ...

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    VIDEO: One-make Lotus Elise racing is crowded, thrilling
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    It is the lap every driving simulator player dreams of putting together – except this one was real. It actually happened way back in 2005 (but has just come to our attention now and was too good to pass up), when Sydney motoring journalist Dean Evans drove in one of the Lotus Trophy Races that supported the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar race in ...

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    Lotus releasing Elise Purist Edition for $43,995
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    Rumors have been circulating for almost a week that Lotus was planning to release a stripped-down, low-cost version of the Elise in the States. Today, we finally received confirmation from Lotus' U.S. PR-man, Kevin Smith, that indeed, the Elise "Purist" edition is on the way, and unlike the dozens of other limited-edition Elises coming out of Hethel, this ...

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    Lotus announces new, cleaner and more efficient Elise and Exige
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    Earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, Lotus released the newest version of the lightweight Exige S. At the time, the UK-based automaker highlighted the fact that the new model was both faster and more fuel efficient than its predecessor. About a month and a half has passed since then, and Lotus has now released the fuel efficiency and emissions ...

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    Naked carbon-fiber Lotus Elise roaming Hong Kong
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    A couple SEMAs ago, we stumbled across a carbon-fiber Lotus Exige that had our salivary glands working overtime. With Colin Chapman's ethos of "adding lightness" to his designs, it seemed like the perfect application of the super-strong lightweight material on an already featherweight Lotus sportscar. We've been hoping to see something similar on the ...

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    Detroit Electric to launch Tesla-beater in June?
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    Ever since that Malaysian press melée in September there haven't been any perceptible noises emanating from the resurrected Detroit Electric. Perhaps former Lotus CEO Albert Lam and friends have their noses to the grindstone getting product ready their announced end-of-2009 production run. Secretly, we hope they're preparing several models to ...

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    Top 10 Cars You Should Never Drive on a First Date
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    var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/comedy/Top_10_cars_NOT_to_drive_on_a_first_date'; It was the Spring of '93 and I was living large in my 1988 Dodge Omni. The little hatch was white with a burgundy interior, smelled like fast food and usually carried a substantial coat of dirt and grime that held it all together. One of the black plastic bumper pieces was ...

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    Dodge EV takes to the streets
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    While a lot of the legwork was done for them by Lotus, we still have to give Chrysler a little credit for getting an electric vehicle prototype on the road so quickly. When we first saw the Dodge EV a couple of months ago, it looked like it was ready to roll, with a Tesla-like blend of Lotus platform and electric powerpack. Soon after we heard that the ...

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    Fiat considering Dino-badged Elise
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    Say Dino, and people immediately think of something Italian. Most likely, you'll think of either a Rat-Pack crooner or a Ferrari, but there's a third Dino, and that's the one we're talking about. Fiat's thinking of resurrecting its Dino sub-brand with a version of the next generation of Lotus Elise. While the original Dino looked like an Iso Grifo and ...

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    Lotus broadens production, market for Jim Clark Elise
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    Click for updated gallery of the Lotus Clark Type-25 Elise SC Lotus has a dedicated following around the world, and many of them were undoubtedly disappointed that the first special edition of the new supercharged Elise was limited to just 25 examples, all of which were sold within the UK and Ireland. Although Lotus enthusiasts in the U.S. will surely ...

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    Project Kahn and Lotus team up on 60th anniversary Elise
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    Click above for a gallery of the Lotus Elise by Kahn.Special edition Elises are becoming a dime-a-dozen, but Lotus decided Kahn Design should be tasked with creating its own bespoke version of the Elise to celebrate the automaker's 60th anniversary.Kahn, primarily known for its body-kit-equipped Astons, Benzes, Landies and Rollers, has taken the standard ...

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    Next generation Lotus Elise to underpin Abarth sports car
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    Rumors of a new sports car from Abarth have been circulating for months, and although details are still sketchy, one thing's for sure: a mid-mounted engine is part of the package. Autocar is confirming previous rumors that Fiat's sport division has struck a deal with Lotus to use the next Elise as the basis for the new sports car.The third generation Elise ...

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    Lotus continues down the green path with the Eco Elise
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    Updated with new galleryWhile it could be argued that Lotus already builds the greenest sportscars on the planet, the British automaker seems keenly aware that the world's gas-burning ways are quickly being swept under the carpet. What started with the dual-fuel capable Lotus Exige 265E - which got a bit more power out of ethanol - moved on to the tri-fuel ...

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