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For those interested in Lotus Lure...the Exige is absolutely the stepchild of the Elise. The early S1 Sport Elises wound up morphing into what would become the Exige.

A little known variant of the S1 Elise is the GT1, a race car with only one or two homologated for the street. GM owned controlling interest in Lotus at the time, and the cars had race versions of the Corvette ZR 1 engines. Didn’t fare well against the McClaren F1 or other contemporary cars.

FYI...a few years ago WireWheel had one of the handful of these race cars for sale.
 

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GM definitely didn't have a controlling interest by the time of the GT1. Lotus was owned by Romano Artioli '93 until '96, and then Proton after that. They used the corvette LT5 when the twin turbo 918 wasn't viable due to the rules... Though they actually raced both at the same time.
 

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Always loved the GT1. Crazy Wirewheel had one...wonder what they go for these days.
 
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