Production of the Lotus Elise, Exige and Evora sports activities vehicles has resulted in readiness for the ramping up manufacturing of the all-new Emira – the model’s final petrol-powered automotive.
Between these three mannequin strains and over the course of 26 years, a complete of 51,738 vehicles may have come off the manufacturing line at Hethel in Norfolk.
Combined, they signify nearly half of the entire manufacturing of Lotus in its 73-12 months historical past.
In addition, 9,715 sports activities vehicles have been constructed on the meeting strains for Lotus’s third-get together purchasers, together with GM and Tesla.
From 1996 to 2000, the primary-technology Elise and Exige sports activities vehicles have been in-built a small meeting corridor at Hethel alongside the Lotus Esprit.
The present meeting strains, which have been put in in 2000, might be dismantled and changed with all-new state-of-the-artwork amenities in assist of the all-new Emira manufacturing unit.
Full Emira manufacturing begins within the spring, after the prototype and check phases at the moment underway are accomplished, taking Lotus sports activities automotive manufacturing into an thrilling, excessive-tech and semi-automated era, and rising capability as much as 5,000 vehicles per 12 months on a single shift sample.
The final examples of the Elise, Exige and Evora fashions are reserved for Lotus’ rising heritage assortment.
Joining the gathering would be the final Elise, a Sport 240 Final Edition completed in Yellow and the final of 35,124 vehicles; the final Exige, a Cup 430 Final Edition in Heritage Racing Green – quantity 10,497; and the final Evora – a GT430 Sport completed in Dark Metallic Grey – the final of a manufacturing run of 6,117.
The Elise and Exige sports activities vehicles are constructed across the Lotus ‘small car platform’. On the identical platform, and likewise manufactured by Lotus at Hethel have been the Opel Speedster / Vauxhall VX220 (7,200 vehicles constructed between 2000 and 2005) and the Tesla Roadster (2,515 vehicles constructed between 2007 and 2012).
When the Lotus 340R, Europa, 2-Eleven and 3-Eleven vehicles are included, this brings the entire Lotus small automotive platform manufacturing volumes to 56,618 vehicles.
Next out of the Lotus secure would be the Evija electrical hypercar, adopted by Lotus’s first SUV, which might be revealed to the world within the spring.