Lotus 79 / Heritage Model
The original Lotus 79 (John Player Special) was a Formula One car designed in late 1977 by Colin Chapman, Geoff Aldridge, Martin Ogilvie, Tony Rudd and Peter Wright. It is considered by many the most significant and respected racing car design of all time as was designed to take full advantage of ground effects aerodynamics, pioneered in its immediate predecessor, the Lotus 78.
A limited run of 100 left-hand drive Elises in Black with gold wheels and grilles was brought out in 1999. The interior has a yellow/gold alcantara seat panel and yellow/gold dash. These were a special run at the request of the Italian dealer network and although they are in JPS colours (gold instead of the original yellow), they are badged as 'Heritage' since Lotus don't hold the rights to the JPS mark. A limited run of 50 was planned in right-hand drive form and were sold as the Type 79. These were available with either standard or VVC engines.