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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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Domino's and Nuro announced their partnership in 2019 — and now the robots are hitting the roads.

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After announcing their partnership to work on pizza deliveries via self-driving robots in 2019, Dominos and Nuro have officially rolled out their technology to one part of town.

Beginning this week, if you place a prepaid order from Domino's in Woodland Heights (3209 Houston Ave.), you might have the option to have one of Nuro's R2 robot come to your door. This vehicle is the first do deliver completely autonomously without occupants with a regulatory approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to a news release.

"We're excited to continue innovating the delivery experience for Domino's customers by testing autonomous delivery with Nuro in Houston," says Dennis Maloney, Domino's senior vice president and chief innovation officer, in the release. "There is still so much for our brand to learn about the autonomous delivery space. This program will allow us to better understand how customers respond to the deliveries, how they interact with the robot and how it affects store operations."

Orders placed at select dates and times will have the option to be delivered autonomously. Photo courtesy of Nuro

Nuro Domino's delivery vehicle

The Nuro deliveries will be available on select days and times, and users will be able to opt for the autonomous deliveries when they make their prepaid orders online. They will then receive a code via text message to use on the robot to open the hatch to retrieve their order.

"Nuro's mission is to better everyday life through robotics. Now, for the first time, we're launching real world, autonomous deliveries with R2 and Domino's," says Dave Ferguson, Nuro co-founder and president, in the release. "We're excited to introduce our autonomous delivery bots to a select set of Domino's customers in Houston. We can't wait to see what they think."

California-based Nuro has launched a few delivery pilots in Houston over the past few years, including the first Nuro pilot program with Kroger in March 2019, grocery delivery from Walmart that was revealed in December 2019, and pharmacy delivery that launched last summer.

From being located in a state open to rolling out new AV regulations to Houston's diversity — both in its inhabitants to its roadways, the Bayou City stood out to Nuro, says Sola Lawal, product operations manager at Nuro.

"As a company, we tried to find a city that would allow us to test a number of different things to figure out what really works and who it works for," Lawal says on an episode of the Houston Innovators Podcast. "It's hard to find cities that are better than Houston at enabling that level of testing."

You can find out which self-driving vehicles are being tested in your neck of the woods by clicking here.

This article first appeared on AutomotiveMap's sister site InnovationMap.

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A new Texas-themed version of the Jeep Gladiator is on the way.

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Jeep has brought the Gladiator's off-road chops to the trails of the Lone Star State. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail is another of the the traditional of special edition vehicles for Texans who occupy the nation's largest truck market. It's the first time Jeep has offered a unique-to-Texas truck.

The new model builds on the Gladiator Sport S trim adding 17-inch Mid-Gloss Back Aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch mud-terrain tires, four-wheel drive, standard side steps, and the Trailer Tow Group. The Gladiator Texas Trail has a unique hood and decals that feature the year 1836 in the graphic as a nod to the year of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It also wears a black hardtop, black leather seats embossed with the Texas Trail graphic and comes equipped with the Technology Group and Convenience Group packages.

2021 Jeep Gl The vehicle is ready to be fully accessorized to the buyer's wishes.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

2021 Jeep Gl

The Texas-themed model features the buyer's choice of Jeep's new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that's rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque or the tried and true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 power plant, which achieves 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Jeep has badged each of the models with Trail Rated status. To achieve this status, Jeep vehicles must pass extreme off-road capability challenges.

The Gladiator Texas Trail is available in 10 colors: black, white, Snazzberry, Granite Crystal, Sarge, Nacho, Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, and Sting-Gray. Jeep recently introduced a Snazzberry-colored Wrangler.

Each Gladiator comes with the Jeep Wave customer service program, which includes three years of maintenance, 24/7 phone/online support, trip interruption/first-day loaner coverage, and VIP access to Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail has a starting MSRP of $40,435 (plus $1,495 destination) and is currently available at Texas dealers.

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