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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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The new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is coming soon to a LEGO store near you.

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The Jeep Wrangler has fans the world over. For those fans whose extracurricular activities include LEGO building along with Jeeping, there's a new LEGO Technic model they'll want to take a look at. The LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the first LEGO model of a Jeep SUV.

Ask any Jeep Wrangler owner and they'll tell you that their vehicle is just a bigger version of this new LEGO set," said Mark Allen, Head of Jeep Design. "The design of the Jeep Wrangler allows them to take it apart, top off, doors off, reconfigure it, add new pieces from our Mopar team, and then put it back together again. This LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler should bring a new level of joy to our Jeep enthusiasts and help inspire future designers to the brand."

LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

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The 665-piece model features all the classic Jeep hallmarks - a performance 4x4 system, rugged tires, fold-down rear seats, and a seven-slot grille. It features a button operated front steering system and axle-articulation suspension. It has a yellow-and-black color scheme.

"The Jeep Wrangler is an icon in the off-road world" says Lars Thygesen, Designer, LEGO Technic. "The Rubicon has a lot of the iconic details loved by 4x4 fans the world over, so it was important to me to pack as many of the authentic, powerful features of the real vehicle into the LEGO Technic replica. I hope LEGO fans and vehicle lovers enjoy all aspects including the suspension, winch and open air design that we developed alongside the talented Jeep design team."

The LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler is designed for Jeep and LEGO fans alike, aged 9 and above. It will be available from January 1st 2021 from LEGO.com, LEGO stores and other retailers globally, priced at [49.99€/49.99$/£44.99].

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Audi is only making the car for U.S. customers.

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The 2021 Audi R8 Panther special edition is one of the rarer gifts you can get for your garage this holiday season. With a limited run of 30 coupes in the works, the R8 Panther edition models are the first available units in the R8 rear-wheel-drive model line and available only for U.S. customers.

If the name sounds familiar to you, that's because it should. The R8 Panther edition joins the 2019 RS 5 Panther edition, which was also a limited run and featured the same paint color and interior upholstery.

2021 Audi R8 Panther The hallmarks of the model include its black paint job and red-edged wheels.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The unique 2021 R8 Panther comes covered in an Audi-exclusive Panther Black crystal effect paint job with carbon exterior mirror housings. Its badging has been coated in black. The model rides on 20-inch five-double-spoke dynamic design wheels that have been milled cut, finished in matte black with red trim, and wrapped in summer performance tires.

Your neighbors will hear you leaving the cul-de-sac thanks to the car's sport exhaust system, which amplifies the sound of the V10 engine. LED headlights and LED taillights, with dynamic turn signals will help their eyes follow your path on the way out as they peer out their windows.

The R8 Panther is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V1 engine that produces 532 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, and sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. It has a top track speed of 201 mph.

The chassis of the R8 Panther edition has been specifically adapted for rear-wheel drive, including using solid rear axles as opposed to hollow, a stiffer front anti-roll bar, and an increase in rear negative camber.

2021 Audi R8 Panther

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The model has a full black leather interior with Crimson red stitching. Its racing shells seats are covered in red Nappa leather and have power height and manual fore/art seat adjustment. The car's gear selector and parcel shelf are covered in Alcantara, and the headliner features a diamond-stitched Alcantara. Audi has given the model a brand-exclusive steering wheel with leather/Alcantara and 12 o'clock marker as well as exclusive R8 floor mats with Crimson red leather edging.

Audi virtual cockpit, Audi smartphone interface, Audi phone box with signal booster, navigation, a 13-speaker Bang & Olufson sound system, and illuminated door sill inlays are included.

A carbon exterior package adds carbon fiber to the engine compartment and carbon sigma sideblades while the carbon interior package adds carbon fiber high-gloss surrounds for both the virtual cockpit and the air vents, as well as the center console.

The 2021 R8 Panther edition will be available in select dealerships this month with an MSRP of $183,300. There is an additional $1,495 destination charge, $1,700 gas guzzler tax, sales taxes, title, options, and dealer charges.

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