Still, a wrecked Lotus is a sad sight because they are gorgeous, iconic cars in their own right.
And this was exactly the scene on Spaniards Road in Hampstead, North London, earlier this week, after a driver of an older-model Lotus Elise seemingly crashed into a brick wall. Few details about the crash have been made public, but the Daily Mail notes that the crash happened more or less outside the house of singer Harry Styles. The tab also makes a great deal out of that, though it shouldn’t – unless Styles himself came out to check out the wreck and felt the sting of those man tears, since he’s a car enthusiast himself.
The good news is the driver was treated at the scene and then taken to the hospital for a more thorough checkup. No one else was involved or injured, and the Elise was the only damaged vehicle.
“We were called at 8.07pm yesterday (29 December) to reports of a road traffic collision on Spaniards Road, NW3,” a London Ambulance Service spokesperson says. “We sent an ambulance crew to the scene, who treated a man and took him to hospital.”
The bad news is that Elise is, most likely, a goner. Lotus cars may not be prohibitively expensive, but they have something really special about them, in addition to being among the “ultimate driving cars.” The Elise has a carbon fiber body mounted on a bonded extruded aluminum chassis, which makes it very lightweight, sturdy and fast. This kind of damage probably means it’s not fixable.
Such a disheartening way to end a terrible year.