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Lotus Elise Classic Heritage Editions pay homage to company's racing history

The Heritage Editions have roots in the storied history of Lotus racing.

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Just 100 Lotus Elise Classic Heritage Edition tribute models will be made. Each, with its vibrant color palette, pays tribute to the rich racing history fo the marque.

The cars will wear unique paint jobs and offer an enhanced exterior and interior spec over the Elise Sport 220 on which they're based. The first is black and gold. Another red, gold, and white. There's a blue, red, and silver model, as well as a blue and white car. Customer demand will signal how many of each will be made.

The cars all have a long list of standard features that are usually options on the Elise Sport 220 including DAB digital radio with four speakers, air conditioning, cruise control, ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels with racing livery finish, two-piece disc brakes, and black carpet with floor mats.

The Elise interior colour pack is also now integrated as standard. The cars each have colored appointments that match the exterior paint colors.

Ema Forster, Head of Product Marketing, Lotus, said: "Motorsport success has been at the heart of the Lotus philosophy for more than seven decades, and the Elise is our iconic roadster known around the world for its exceptional 'For The Drivers' performance. What better way to celebrate than by bringing these two pillars of our brand together, launching four new Classic Heritage cars which fans will instantly recognize?"

​Lotus Elise Classic Heritage Edition: Black and Gold

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The black and gold model references the livery on the Lotus Type 72D, driven by Emerson Fittipaldi.

Fittipaldi's era on Team Lotus began with tragedy when Jochen Rindt was killed while racing his car at Monza. Just under a month later, Fittipaldi got behind the wheel of a Lotus as the team returned to racing winning the 1970 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen and cementing his place in F1 lore forever.

Fittipaldi's greatest success as a Lotus driver came when he was in the 72D model during the 1972 season. He won five of the 11 races that year and claimed the F1 Drivers' Championship.

​Lotus Elise Classic Heritage Edition: Red, White, and Gold

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Graham Hill is the type of racing legend that makes you look at Lewis Hamilton's record and yawn. Though he didn't get his driver's license until he was 24 years old, he won the Formula 1 World Championship twice. He is the only driver to ever win the Triple Crown of Motorsport - 24 Hours of Le Mans, Indianapolis 500, and the Monaco Grand Prix. His son and grandson were racers.

Hill joined the Lotus team, first as a mechanic, then as a race. He made his debut at the 1958 Monaco Grand Prix. He had a successful career for the next decade, culminating in his second World Championship in 1968 while piloting the Type 49B for Lotus. Hill sealed the victory in a model that sported a red, white, and gold paint job and was powered by a Cosworth V8 engine. This model is a tribute to that one.

​Lotus Elise Classic Heritage Edition: Blue, Red, and Silver

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This model is based on the Lotus Type 81 race car driven by Nigel Mansell, Elio de Angelis and Mario Andretti. Though the race car itself didn't achieve much success, the trio represents some of the best racers of all time.

Nigel Mansell is the second-most successful British Formula 1 driver of all time, having won 31 races, putting him seventh on the all-time F1 wins list.

Elio de Angelis was considered as the replacement for Niki Lauda by Enzo Ferrari in 1977 but the job went to Gilles Villeneuve. His turn to hop behind the wheel of an F1 car would be two years later. He started his tenure with Lotus in 198 0 and racked up a fair amount of Grand Prix wins, but died just six years later in a racing accident.

Mario Andretti is one of the most successful American racers of all time. He has won races in Formula 1, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship, and NASCAR series as well as midget cars and sprint cars.

​Lotus Elise Classic Heritage Edition: Blue and White

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The fourth new Elise, is a tribute to the Lotus Type 18 design from 1960. It was 60 years ago that late racer Stirling Moss piloted that model to the Formula 1 pole position at the Monaco Grad Prix, the first for a Lotus.

He also won the United States Grand Prix that year at Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California.

Pricing for all four models is £46,250 (€47,848), £6,350 more than a standard Elise Sport 220. Buyers can choose to add a fiberglass hardtop roof, lightweight lithium-ion battery, and titanium lightweight exhaust to the vehicle, upping the cost.

The models are all on sale now, available internationally.

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Toyota announces pricing for 2022 GR86

The new GR86 gets more power and chassis refinements.

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Toyota and Subaru are among few remaining automakers still building small sports cars. The 86 and BRZ twins are a rarity these days: Two-door, rear-drive sports cars with available manual transmissions. Even so, the cars were down on power and needed structural improvements to truly stand out, both of which they got for the 2022 model year. Today, Toyota announced pricing for the 2022 GR86, which starts at under $30,000.

2022 Toyota GR86 Pricing is reasonable at under $30,000.Toyota

The new GR86 addresses many of the complaints that buyers had about the last generation cars. A new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is on board that makes 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque – both improvements on the previous model's 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration improves from a 0-60 mph time of 7.0 seconds to 6.1 seconds for cars equipped with the manual transmission(MT) and from 8.0 to 6.6 seconds for cars with the automatic transmission (AT).

2022 Toyota GR86 Power and torque are both up for 2022. Toyota

Toyota says that the GR86's chassis is stiffer for the new model year, thanks to new front cross-members and bracing under the hood. Engineers focused on weight control for the cars, resulting in a curb weight of just 2,811 pounds for MT models and 2,851 for AT models. For reference, that's between 400 and 500 pounds more than the tiny Mazda Miata, depending on transmission choice.

2022 Toyota GR86 Small sports cars are a dying breed.Toyota

The base GR86 with manual transmission starts at $27,700 before destination and the top GR86 Premium with automatic transmission starts at $31,800. Pricing for the 86 is reasonable, no matter which way you cut it, but there's a bonus that makes the deal even sweeter. Every buyer of a 2022 GR86 will get a one-year membership to the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), which includes the ability to attend a high-performance driving event and admission to other NASA events.

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Chevy confirmed the new Z06 with 670 horsepower.

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After years of speculation, Chevy announced the mid-engine eighth-generation Corvette for the 2020 model year. Almost immediately, a new round of rumors took off around the potential for an even higher performance Z06 model. Chevy finally confirmed the car yesterday with a design and specs that improve on the standard Corvette in almost every way.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The new LT6 V8 features a flat-plane crank and an 8,600 rpm redline.Chevrolet

The star of the show is the new 5.5-liter flat-plane crank LT6 V8. The mill churns out an unbelievable 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and can rev all the way out to 8,600 rpm. Power numbers aside, the sky-high redline lets the engine wail and scream in a way that we've not heard outside of Corvette racing cars. The hand-assembled engines are paired with a single technician through the build process and each unit carries a plaque with the builder's name.

To differentiate the Z06 from "normal" Corvettes, Chevy gave the car unique front and rear fascias, 20-inch front/21-inch rear wheels, and a configurable rear spoiler designed to improve high-speed stability. The Z06 is available with lightweight carbon wheels designed to reduce unsprung weight. The car itself is 9.4 centimeters wider than the Corvette Stingray to accommodate larger wheel sizes and incorporate larger cooling air vents on the side.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The Z06's interior features many upgrades over the standard car.Chevrolet

As a more track-focused Corvette, the Z06 comes with tech to improve performance and record drives. When in track mode, the Z06's Performance Traction Management system is activated, which offers five levels of torque reduction and brake intervention, and an electronic limited slip differential helps keep the rear planted.

Inside, the Z06 improves on the Stingray's cabin with seven interior color choices, three seat options, six seatbelt designs, and two interior carbon fiber trim packages. Chevy says that the car's interior has a bespoke and upscale feel that sets it apart from the standard Corvette, which itself already had a gorgeous cabin.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The Z06 is wider than the Stingray to accommodate larger wheels and bodywork.Chevrolet

The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will be built at the automaker's Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky. Chevy will build the cars in both left- and right-hand drive configurations when production kicks off in summer 2022.

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