Lotus, the famed British manufacturer of sports and racing cars, has reportedly ended the production of its three stalwart models, namely Elise, Evora, and Exige. These three final models have been rolled off the production line ahead of the upcoming launch of its new Emira-led era.
In total, Lotus has manufactured around 51,738 units of the three new models, which amounts to nearly half of its total production throughout the 73-year history. The company is planning to keep the final units as a part of its heritage collection.
For the record, the British car company will begin the production of the new Emira model in spring 2022, which will be its final pure combustion-engine Lotus as well as the first series production machine since its acquisition by Geely. Furthermore, its addition of the Evija hypercar will mark the beginning of a new era of future models.
According to Matt Windle, Lotus’ Managing Director, the company has shown appreciation to the team who have worked on the ‘three Es’ as well as customers for their support over the past 26 years. Apparently, it is looking forward to the Evija and Emira models in all-new factories at Hethel, including sub-assembly in Norwich.
Elise, Evora, and Exige models are anticipated to lead towards greater automation and efficiencies, higher flexibility and quality, and introduce the next chapter of its Vision80 strategy, he added.
The Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition is the final model being sold out of 35,124 cars produced, while the Cup 430 Final Edition is the last Exige and the 10,497th model to come out of the Hethel. These two models were launched back in 1996 and 2000 respectively.
The larger Evora model first hit the UK roads in 2009. This final model of Lotus, which was painted in dark metallic grey, represents the 6117th Evora being produced from the company’s Norwich factory.