Spy Shots

Elise S Testing on the Nurburgring is Further Proof Lotus is Alive

Tipped to debut at Paris in October.

Lotus has been in a state of recovery as of late. Its finances are still not amazing, but they’re good enough for the beloved UK sports car maker to stay alive. Hopefully there will be better days ahead (a reborn Esprit, please) with new models and more unique editions of current ones churned out at its Hethel factory. Today our spy photographers have sent us proof of the latter. What you see before you are images taken at the Nurburgring of what may turn out to be the Elise R.

Essentially, this could be the road going version of the track-only Elise S Cup R. A few details to note: the external battery isolator switch and the external button for the fire extinguisher are missing. The body kit and rear wing from the Cup R would likely remain. If this does turn out to be the Elise R, it’s entirely possible it’ll debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.

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