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Lotus' spiffy little Elise --- Not expensive, but just try and buy one!

Lotus' spiffy little Elise --- Not expensive, but just try and buy one!

The Lotus Elite sports car is somewhat easily modified (for those who know what they are doing) for SCCA club racing and many other lower-level racing series; though the price on the basic street version of the car is relatively low, so few of them are made that getting one for yourself is a real coup. Lotus was founded and run by the late Brit, Colin Chapman, and the compoany began as a way to raise money for CHapman's successful Formula 1 racing team in the '70s (Mario Andretti won his F1 World Driving Championship title in a Lotusin 1978). The company, like Porsche and other race shops will also sell cars to the public (including TVR, formerly of the UK, now to be located somewhere in eastern Europe by its Russian owner) made much of its money through R&D work for other car-makers.

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