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    Lotus wants to be on the cutting edge of green
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    Lotus may already have one of the greenest line of vehicles, with both the Elise and Exige easily reaching into the 30-mpg range when driven with restraint, but Mike Kimberley wants Lotus to be pioneers of green engineering.Lotus' CEO made comments alluding to the automaker's goal of providing environmentally friendly automotive technology after signing a ...

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    Lotus planning entrance into India
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    Like any automaker looking to solidify its future in the next five ten fifty years, Lotus is beginning a plan to enter the Indian market. The producer of our favorite minimalist motoring experience is beginning to scout out potential dealers throughout the country, and is expected to bring a version of the Elise to market first.Anything that brings the ...

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    Celebrating four decades of Hethel-built Loti: Limited-edition Lotus Elise S
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    Click the image above for more shots of the 40th Anniversary Lotus Elise.To commemorate 40 years of dutiful production at the Lotus plant in Hethel, our favorite purveyors of minimalist motoring will be offering 50 lucky customers the chance to pick up a celebratory Elise in a limited edition hue. The 40th Anniversary Elise S comes bathed in Burnt Orange ...

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    For shame! Cupholder option in new Lotus Exige S
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    We were as taken-aback as the blokes over at Autocar when they discovered that the new, Performance Pack-equipped, Lotus Exige S came with an optional cup-holder. "It can't be true!" we screamed to the God of Oversteer, but it is, and although it's as minimal as it can get, it still seems like a dilution of a car (and a brand) that's made a name for itself ...

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    LA 2007: Lotus blossoms from Elise/Exige to Eagle to Esprit
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    Large high-res gallery of all of the Lotus models available by clicking aboveThis week in LA, veteran Lotus development engineer Roger Becker told the assembled press about the changes we'll see in the Elise and Exige for 2008. He also talked a bit about some of the changes happening at the factory and even gave us some info about new models in the ...

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    Lotus "Eagle" coming in 2008
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    Lotus has plans: the Elise is going to get a detuned Exige engine (220 BHP without an intercooler), a new Exige SR model will feature launch and traction control systems, California series Elise and Exige models are in the pipeline for the boulevard cruising crowd, and Lotus is also going to inject some luxury into the Europa. But the big news -- which ...

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    Lotus powers up Elise, Exige for 2008
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    Click image for photo galleryFor 2008, Lotus has turned up the heat on its Elise and Exige sports cars. The Lotus Elise SC is a 220-horsepower variant powered by a new, compact, non-intercooled supercharger mated to the standard 1.8L engine. Identifiable by its model-exclusive wheels and a new rear spoiler, the SC boasts a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds, 10.7 ...

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    Chameleon A8 - an Audi that drives like an Elise, GTI, Getz and E-Class!
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    Audi has seen the future, and the future is exciting; at least in Ingolstadt. Engineers at Audi have cooked up the automotive equivalent of the Focusrite Liquid Mix. An A8L has been pressed into service as the basis for Audi's emulator, having been modified with extra hydraulics, an active steering system and hardware to steer the rear wheels, as well. ...

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    Autoblog Night Watch: Europe's Time Attack in full effect
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    Time Attack is about the purest a form of motorsport you can get. Take a car, strip it of everything unnecessary, spot weld anything you lay eyes on, throw in the required safety equipment and data systems, then couple the biggest, baddest engine to a close ratio gearbox (sequential preferred), forget the term "quality ride," and then get the meanest driver ...

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    Playing Devil's Advocate - Part 1 - Tesla Motors
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    Here at AutoblogGreen, we like to give certain companies the benefit of the doubt; companies who aspire to go green in the automotive sector. This is a big reason why we love Tesla Motors and what they are attempting. They are taking on the establishment, and doing so with a beautiful roadster at that. Who wouldn't love to see them succeed? But, let's not ...

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    Lotus Elise confused for bass boat in horrible painting accident
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    Surfing around these great interwebs, we've learned far too many times that there is no accounting for taste. Case in point: someone with 50 large to spend on the most pure form of driving bliss – the Lotus Elise – decided the car's factory paint scheme wasn't eye-catching enough. The result? The abomination you see above.Not only did the owner ...

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    Lotus introduces collector's edition Elise Type 72D
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    The 35th anniversary of the Lotus Type 72D's Formula 1 championship is approaching and to commemorate Emerson Fittipaldi's 16-point spanking of Sir Jackie Stewart, Lotus is creating a limited edition Elise to celebrate.The Type 72D Collectible Edition will be limited to 50 cars world wide, with only 20 said to be slated for US delivery. In addition to the ...

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    Lotus Elise owner reports on his visit to Tesla HQ
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    Rahul Nair is a researcher at the Yahoo! Research Berkeley Lab and he drives one of my all time favorite cars, the Lotus Elise. I love the Elise because it's about as pure a sports car as you buy today. Besides being gorgeous, it is almost totally focused on it's mission. It's small and remarkably light weight, with the US spec version coming in at barely ...

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    Fifth Gear become "alcoholics" running "Crop Circles" in E85 Lotus Exige
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    The Lotus Exige is already one of the coolest high-performance cars around. One could argue that, at least as far as supercars go, this one is pretty green. The whole idea behind the Lotus Exige, and the Elise, is that very high performance can be achieved with smaller engines if the weight is suitably reduced. In fact, Lotus has been doing this for ...

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    KTM using carbon fibre to make their X-BOW roadster faster
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    Click on the image for a gallery of high-res images of the KTM X-BOW. digg_url = 'http://digg.com/hardware/Carbon_fiber_X_BOW_roadster_coulda_been_in_Transformers_movie'; Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM has spent over 50 years building fast, austere motorcycles aimed at performance purists. Moving beyond their ready to race bikes however, KTM has ...

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    Spy Shots: Lotus Esprit
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    It's been far too long since we've heard anything about Lotus' supercar, the Esprit. Finally, some spy shots have surfaced, showing the mid-engined mule having a few bolts tightened while up on the rack.The images don't give much away as far as the Esprit's styling, with some heavy body cladding, that appears to have been painted on by a seven year old ...

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    Superbowl Sunday Deviations: The Inside Story of the Lotus Elise
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    For those of you that aren't particularly interested in the entertainment du jour, we'd suggest that you do two things: Find your favorite backroad and go for a drive. In all likelihood, there will be less traffic and fewer motorcyclists than your average Sunday. Watch the documentary on the Lotus Elise posted after the jump. It's a bit long (2 ...

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    eBay Find of the Day: slightly used Lotus Elise
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    You may remember reading our original post on this Lotus Elise and feeling the abject horror that accompanies the site of such a car pointing towards the sky. Well, the owner has decided to salvage what he can from the debacle that saw his beloved Elise tumble from a mechanic's lift by selling it on eBay. Actually, he's really selling it because a bad ...

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    Robo-exotica: NC State snags Lotus Elise for '07 DARPA Challenge
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    Now this is what we call an upgrade: NC State University's Insight Racing team has scored a new set of wheels for the upcoming 2007 DARPA Grand Challenge. The team's Chevrolet Suburban, dubbed "Desert Rat" for the last DARPA challenge, which sent vehicles across the Mojave in the final event, will sit this one out. Instead, Insight will field "Lone Wolf," ...

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    Dealership service doesn't seem so expensive anymore
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    Poor guy. After wearing out the first set of Goodyear's on his beloved Elise (not hard to do. -Ed.), he figured where better to take it than a Goodyear dealer, right? Especially since his father-in-law had been the service manager there for 10+ years. What could possibly go wrong? After reviewing the jacking procedures in the manual with the techs, they ...

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