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Lotus Elise, Exige, Evora bow out of manufacturing | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Revealed On Dec 25, 2021 10:00:00 AM

The model is waiting for a brand new period with the Emira sportscar, the Evija electrical hypercar and the forthcoming Sort 132 SUV.

The Lotus Elise, Exige and Evora, the three sportscars that outlined the Lotus model over the previous twenty years have now come to the tip of their lifecycle. The ultimate Elise, Exige and Evora had been not too long ago rolled off the manufacturing line, forward of the launch of the brand new Emira-led period. Mixed, Lotus has produced 51,738 models of the three fashions, which quantities to just about half of the agency’s whole manufacturing over its 73-year historical past.

  • Ultimate model of every automobile to be stored in Lotus’ heritage assortment
  • Three fashions mixed represent half of Lotus’ gross sales in 73-year historical past
  • New period to be led by Emira, Evija electrical hypercar and Sort 132 SUV

Lotus Elise, Exige and Evora: a quick recap

Lotus boss Matt Windle paid tribute to the crew that has labored on the three vehicles, noting that they’d switch their experience to producing the Emira and Evija. He mentioned, “I might additionally wish to convey huge gratitude to all the shoppers of the Elise, Exige and Evora during the last 26 years for his or her ardour, enthusiasm and assist.”

Windle added, “These prospects have given our ‘three Es’ true cult standing – normally reserved for long-out-of-production classics. As we are saying farewell to the previous couple of vehicles, we look ahead to the Emira and Evija within the all-new factories at Hethel and sub-assembly services in Norwich, and the vastly thrilling subsequent chapter in our Imaginative and prescient80 technique.”

The Elise, first produced in 1996, has gained a Sport 240 Ultimate Version in yellow which is the ultimate mannequin out of 35,124 vehicles produced. The final Exige is a Cup 430 Ultimate Version in heritage racing inexperienced and is the 10,497th instance to come back out of Hethel. The mannequin launched again in 2000.

The 2 fashions are based mostly on Lotus’ small automobile platform that was additionally used to provide the Vauxhall VX220 and the unique Tesla Roadster. Round 7,200 VX220s and a pair of,515 Roadsters had been produced alongside the Lotus 340R, Europa, 2-Eleven and 3-Eleven vehicles, for 56,618 vehicles produced on the platform.

The bigger Evora was first launched in 2009. Its remaining mannequin is painted in darkish metallic gray and represents the 6,117th Evora out of the agency’s Norwich manufacturing unit. “Along with the Lotus design crew, I’ve lived and breathed these vehicles for over 26 years,” mentioned Russell Carr, Lotus’ design director.

The ultimate model of every automobile might be stored in Lotus’ heritage assortment.

What lies forward for Lotus?

The brand new Emira will go into manufacturing in spring 2022. Will probably be the ultimate pure-combustion-engined Lotus, and the primary new sequence manufacturing machine for the reason that agency was purchased by Geely, and together with the Evija hypercar will mark a brand new period of future fashions.

“We are going to miss them, however a bit like Christmas, as soon as it’s over, the joy for the following one begins to construct – and that’s what’s taking place now at Lotus with the Evija, Emira and forthcoming Sort 132. 2022 goes to be an awesome 12 months as a brand new Lotus technology swings into motion,” mentioned Carr.

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