Famously named after Elisa, the grand-daughter of Romano Artioli the then chairman of Lotus, the Elise was developed around a forward-thinking aluminium chassis design. Designed in-house as a successor to the Lotus Elan, the Elise was a genuinely pioneering car that rewrote the rule book on lightweight automotive engineering.
Over the years, the Lotus Elise has achieved iconic status in the motor industry, thought by many to be a once-in-a-generation achievement. Launched in 1996 with a list price of just £18,995, the Elise created a more accessible entry point into sportscar culture and Lotus ownership. The Series 1 Elise (commonly referred to as the Lotus Elise S1) was followed by the Elise S2 in 2000, and by the Lotus Elise S3 launching in 2010.