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lotus to scrap Elise , Exige and Evora in 2021

Postby clemo » Mon 25.01.2021, 11:43

https://www.facebook.com/AbsoluteLotus/ ... 4473424461

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After much speculation, Lotus has confirmed that the Elise, Exige and Evora will cease production in 2021 after a combined production of 55,000 cars. The much-rumoured Type 131 will replace all three cars, but details on the new model have not been released.
Here's the press release from Lotus in full:
(Hethel, UK – 25 January 2021) – A new series of sports cars is confirmed, with prototype production of the Lotus Type 131 to commence this year from a world class manufacturing facility in Hethel, Norfolk.
The new manufacturing investment is part of Lotus’ Vision80 strategy, which will also see the relocation of two Lotus sub-assembly facilities into one efficient central operation in Norwich city to support higher volumes.
To accompany the £100-million-plus investment into Hethel’s facilities, Lotus will be recruiting some 250 new employees. This is in addition to the 670 to have joined Lotus since September 2017, when shareholders Geely and Etika took ownership of the company.
New recruits are required for roles in engineering and manufacturing for both Lotus Cars and the world-renowned engineering consultancy, Lotus Engineering – which opens its Advanced Technology Centre in Warwick later this year.
To acknowledge the forthcoming family of performance cars, Lotus has released an image that hints at the new generation of products that will follow Elise, Exige and Evora, which have entered their final year of production in 2021. A full programme of activities is planned to celebrate the current range of three sports cars, starting with the elder, the iconic Lotus Elise.
The Lotus Elise was unveiled in 1995, revolutionising the low volume sports car industry with its pioneering use of extruded and bonded aluminium, high-tech composites and lightweight knowhow.
Using the technology pioneered in the Elise, the Exige, launched in 2000, quickly became the epitome of the ‘racecar for the road’. The Exige demonstrated a rare ability to give the driver an involving yet accessible experience on the road, while still managing to lap the most demanding tracks of the world quickly, with the safety and progressiveness expected of a Lotus.
The Evora returned Lotus to the lucrative super-sports car sector as an award-winning and versatile road car that was more driver-focused than its peers. In motorsport, the Evora was successful too, winning national GT championships around the world and gaining a podium at Le Mans.
Future Lotus cars are taking this learning and further developing it to ensure the preservation of that all-important DNA, with the overriding criteria of being ‘For The Drivers’.
Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars, said: “This year will be hugely significant for Lotus with new facilities coming on stream, a new sports car entering production and new levels of efficiency and quality that only a new car design and factory can deliver. Despite the continuing global challenges, Lotus has emerged from 2020 strong and on track in the delivery of our Vision80 business plan.”
He added: “As our Vision80 strategy illustrates, Lotus is all about looking forward, and our future is full of continuous innovation. In 2021 however, we will be reflecting on the legacy of our current range, starting with the Elise, a sports car that genuinely revolutionised the automotive industry, not only because it is a legend-in-its-own-lifetime but also for its impact on car design and technology.”
Matt Windle, Lotus’ Executive Director, Engineering, said: “Our renowned team of engineers, designers and technicians who are working on the new cars are acutely aware of the legacy from the Elise, Exige and Evora. Indeed, many were around when Elise was being developed. Members of our team, old and new, are now busy blending the learnings of the past with the innovations of today and tomorrow, to ensure our future cars truly move the game on but remain firmly committed to Lotus values.”
The Elise, Exige and Evora have contributed greatly to the Lotus business over the years, and by the time the last of these models leaves the assembly line, they will have sold a combined circa 55,000 units.
Lotus has created multiple automotive legends over the last 73 years, and with the Evija hypercar and new Type 131 sports car, a new dawn of innovation and legend-making is breaking over Hethel.

End report.


My thoughts ( not lotus magazine)

with the SUV and Evija on the horizon is the tagline "for the drivers" to be replaced with "for the Chelsea elite". A million pound supercar and a Chelsea tractor i hope they have some other goodies in the pipeline . I guess battery is the future and it looks like Lotus is the first to jump . Good luck to our beloved badge ... IS it what Colin would have wanted ? I guess that is quite easy to argue either way.
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Re: lotus to scrap Elise , Exige and Evora in 2021

Postby scotlan » Mon 25.01.2021, 12:21

I want one!

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Re: lotus to scrap Elise , Exige and Evora in 2021

Postby Rambo » Mon 25.01.2021, 13:02

You'd better grab an Evora then Clemo, before the prices go stratospheric :poke:

Incidentally, has anyone wondered where we're going to get all this electricity from :?
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Re: lotus to scrap Elise , Exige and Evora in 2021

Postby HJ2 » Mon 25.01.2021, 13:21

dunno if I shall start laughing or crying...
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Re: lotus to scrap Elise , Exige and Evora in 2021

Postby Jamie N » Mon 25.01.2021, 13:53

Rambo wrote:You'd better grab an Evora then Clemo, before the prices go stratospheric :poke:

Incidentally, has anyone wondered where we're going to get all this electricity from :?


It will all come from Grouse moors when we ban shooting them and change to wiping them out with wind turbine blades instead dont'cha know!.

What sort of names can we expect for the new generation?, the Lotus Electra, the Lotus Ex-static :D , I'l stick to my Elan thanks.
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Re: lotus to scrap Elise , Exige and Evora in 2021

Postby alan e » Mon 25.01.2021, 14:16

Rambo wrote:You'd better grab an Evora then Clemo, before the prices go stratospheric :poke:

Incidentally, has anyone wondered where we're going to get all this electricity from :?


Well i for one hope they do :D .
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Re: lotus to scrap Elise , Exige and Evora in 2021

Postby Rambo » Mon 25.01.2021, 16:21

Jamie N wrote:
Rambo wrote:You'd better grab an Evora then Clemo, before the prices go stratospheric :poke:

Incidentally, has anyone wondered where we're going to get all this electricity from :?


It will all come from Grouse moors when we ban shooting them and change to wiping them out with wind turbine blades instead dont'cha know!.

What sort of names can we expect for the new generation?, the Lotus Electra, the Lotus Ex-static :D , I'l stick to my Elan thanks.


Not a word of this to Oor Nicola Jamie. We need to keep our grouse moors before she decimates them :?

How about the Lotus Ejacule 8 ? Or Lotus Ejacool 8 might be more subtle ?
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Re: lotus to scrap Elise , Exige and Evora in 2021

Postby clemo » Mon 25.01.2021, 18:36

I also posted this on the LEC faceache page .
Lotus "for the Drivers" is turning into Lotus "for the Chelsea elite". If they remove the 3 base cars in 21 , that leaves the SUV and Evija.
There is 3 headlights next to the Evija in the photo . So 1 is the suv leaving 2 further models to be released under the new vision 80 strategy . It says that the type 131 sports car so what is the 3rd set of lights ? maybe some super 7 track go cart thing ? who knows ..... well not me but someone does . The overdue Elan or Esprit ?

I hope the future of Lotus is bright and healthy . But to scrap you 3 models and go for brand new models during a downturn .... does this sound familiar . It's a brave turn of events.
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Re: lotus to scrap Elise , Exige and Evora in 2021

Postby Giniw » Mon 25.01.2021, 21:05

I would say the cars under the covers don't look at all like SUV?

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Re: lotus to scrap Elise , Exige and Evora in 2021

Postby Simon_P » Mon 25.01.2021, 22:48

They look like cars with extra cardboard on the wings and some leds. Is the one on the right an early esprit?
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Re: lotus to scrap Elise , Exige and Evora in 2021

Postby clemo » Tue 26.01.2021, 11:09

Is the one on the left the revamped Elan from the Danny Bahr stint ?

The middle could be the SUV ? it sits higher than the rest .
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Re: lotus to scrap Elise , Exige and Evora in 2021

Postby clemo » Tue 26.01.2021, 11:11

Simon_P wrote:They look like cars with extra cardboard on the wings and some leds. Is the one on the right an early esprit?


or the new Esprit ?
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Re: lotus to scrap Elise , Exige and Evora in 2021

Postby Fredjohn » Fri 29.01.2021, 08:03

La vie passe vite: vivez la avec elan(s).

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Re: lotus to scrap Elise , Exige and Evora in 2021

Postby clemo » Fri 29.01.2021, 10:36




There seems to be a lot going on at lotus even though very little visible outside has changed (yet). Axing elise exige evora and Popham is all quite big news. I hope it's still "for the driver" and not 'for the parent board of directors".

They need to bring out some positive car news soon.
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Re: lotus to scrap Elise , Exige and Evora in 2021

Postby Dave Eds » Fri 29.01.2021, 11:15

Replacing a CEO with an MD says it all.....
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Re: lotus to scrap Elise , Exige and Evora in 2021

Postby djwazza68 » Sat 30.01.2021, 17:20

Rambo wrote:You'd better grab an Evora then Clemo, before the prices go stratospheric :poke:

Incidentally, has anyone wondered where we're going to get all this electricity from :?


Apparently the planned offshore wind farms alone will be able to cope with the EV demand, even if EV uptake is faster than predicted.
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Re: lotus to scrap Elise , Exige and Evora in 2021

Postby dapinky » Sat 30.01.2021, 17:59

djwazza68 wrote:Apparently the planned offshore wind farms alone will be able to cope with the EV demand, even if EV uptake is faster than predicted.


But unless they are 'wireless connectivity' getting the electrons flowing towards where they can be put into the cars is going to be a bit of a Civil Engineering project...
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Re: lotus to scrap Elise , Exige and Evora in 2021

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