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?