Automakers: Just give up and base every vehicle on the Lotus Elise

Looking at the shiny blue Detroit Electric SP:01 and imagining it stealthily sneaking past perps and hipsters alike in the old city, I thought; "Wait a second, lots of awesome vehicles have been based on the Lotus Elise."

  • Lotus Elise
  • Lotus 340R (please don't drive up values on these before I buy one)
  • See-through Lotus 340R
  • Opel Speedster / Vauxhall VX220
  • Opel Eco Speedster
  • Lotus Elise GT1
  • Bitter GT1 (tweaked Elise GT1 with a Viper motor installed...pics 2/3 down)
  • Lotus Exige
  • Lotus Exige R-GT rally car
  • Lotus 2-Eleven
  • Lotus Europa S
  • Tesla Roadster (...and the entire Tesla company!)
  • Dodge Circuit EV (bet you forgot that one...)
  • Hennessey Venom GT (fastest car in the world)
  • Pininfarina Enjoy
  • Rinspeed sQuba (drives underwater, natch)
  • PG Elektrus

The Elise has: saved Lotus itself, helped launch Tesla and a new generation of electric vehicles, spawned a rally car, GT300 racer in Japan, countless track-only specials, the world's fastest car, a few badge-engineered models, and a new Detroit-based automaker.

It's been fitted with several notable engines, beginning with a Rover K-Series 4-cylinder. It'll run on gasoline, electricity, and anything from 4 to 10 cylinders; 118 to 1,244 horsepower.

All we need now is a wagon, a 7-seater, and some sort of "hip" and "cool" crossover with 8 headlights to woo those damn Millennials—or was it Generationals?