These special edition units of Lotus Elise are throwbacks to classic F1 cars

Lotus is one of the few automobile manufacturers that have a very colorful racing heritage, especially in Formula 1. In fact it is with the British marque that the legendary Ayrton Senna won his first Formula 1 race with.

To pay tribute to this success in racing, Lotus has revealed four limited-edition versions of the Elise finished in Lotus’ classic racing colors in Formula 1.

The four versions of the Elise Classic Heritage Editions represent the four different color schemes available: black and gold; red, white, and gold; blue, red, and silver; and blue and white. No doubt the most iconic color out of the bunch is the black and gold colorway, which was used by Senna in the John Player Lotus 97T and on the Lotus Type 72D by Emerson Fittipaldi.

The red, white, and gold pay tribute to the Type 49B driven by Graham Hill in 1968 while the blue, red, and silver are inspired by the Lotus Type 81 of 1980 driven by Nigel Mansell, Elio de Angelis, and Mario Andretti. Meanwhile, the blue and white color scheme is a tribute to the Lotus Type 18 design from 1960 – the first Lotus car to achieve a Formula 1 pole position and victory. It was driven by the late Sir Stirling Moss and raced at the Monaco Grand Prix.

All of the Elise Classic Heritage Editions are based on the Elise Sport 220. Aside from the exterior color scheme, the cabin has also been re-trimmed to match the unique paint. Each car also comes with an exclusive numbered plaque on the dashboard. No changes have been made to the engine or transmission. AS a result, power remains the same.

DAB digital radio with four speakers, air-conditioning, cruise control, ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels with a racing livery finish, two-piece disc brakes, and black carpet with floor mats all come standard. Optional extras include a fiberglass hardtop roof, lightweight lithium-ion battery, and titanium exhaust.

Only 100 units of the Elise Classic Heritage Editions will be built. No matter what color you choose though, all four will be priced the same. As a result, the only question you will be asking is which color do you want.