Lotus Reveals 2021 Lineup Sports Cars, Elise, Evora and Others Quit the Race

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Lotus has officially confirmed that the popular Elise, Evora and Exige will no longer be manufactured owing to the changing automobile industry.

Instead, they are coming up with a series of new sports cars for 2021 which will be their primary lineup for buyers to look into and are being identified with the tag Type 131.

While it is unclear whether these cars will be available in stores this year or not, it is surprising to see the company moving onto completely different models in a competitive scenario. Ever since its launch in 1995, the Lotus Elise is one of the iconic models that buyers have come to love in the decades. The car was built on an aluminum chassis and is considered to be very unique in its design which led to the brand stand out from the other direct competitors in the segment.

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Reviving their lineup, the brand is looking forward to launching a series of new sports cars but it is unclear whether there will be revamped versions of the current cars or something entirely new. Geely purchased Lotus in 2017 and there has been some significant changes in the setup including the inclusion of over 600 new employees to work on the newer models. It is also being mentioned that the newer cars will have a V6 engine combined with a hybrid system, as the auto industry is moving towards electric cars in the next few years.

The Elise, Evora and Exige which are iconic in the Lotus series are entering their final years of production but will no longer be in the mainstream market. The company is preparing to fully retrieve it to create space for the newer models to be provided the limelight it requires to become successful once again. The Evora in its better times around 2008 was a direct competitor for the Porsche 911 which makes it all the more worthy to be a competitor.

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Getting Rid of Old Technologies

All the three cars that made so much fortune and name for the Lotus brand will be retired in 2021 because they are no longer fit for the new world. With Vision 80 as their primary focus and motto for years to come, Lotus CEO Phil Popham commented that they wish to revolutionize the automotive industry yet again with a new lineup of sports cars as Elise did back in the 90s. The three departing models will be celebrated in a grand event around the globe before they are waved off from the stores.

Lotus is Optimistic Enough to go All EVs with their Future Cars

The brand Lotus has been around for 72 years and that’s close to a century.

They will obviously complete another thirty years but in a new way. The company is going to change its ways and embrace the future which is great for the automobile world. Lotus shared that they are looking forward to a future where they make only electric supercars and their lineup will only include vehicles powered by battery, not gasoline.

While Tesla is working hard to make electric cars affordable for the masses, it is great to see big players making sports cars using the same technology. Converting the raw power generated by gasoline from a battery and a completely new transmission engine is no easy task. Brands like BMW, Porsche, Ferrari and now Lotus are all working on it to bring the idea into reality in the near future.

Besides, the fact that these vehicles could actually bring about a change to nature and cut off emission permanently helps things further. Geely is the Chinese company that owns Lotus since 2017 and they are already working on super expensive electric cars that cost nearly 2.4 million GBP. They are going to share the technology with Lotus and provide them with cars that are priced lower than this mammoth level.

Evija is the EV released by Geely and the company’s CEO, Phil Popham suggested that it is going to be their primary focus from now on. Instead of losing time on hybrid models that wouldn’t make the cut in the next few years, they are going to directly jump into electric cars. He said, “We are focusing on battery vehicles and they also have great torque to suit sports car requirements. We will be moving forward with this motto to make EVs as our only line-up.”

Lotus and its engineers opine that hybrid cars will never allow them to reach their car’s full potential. They are supposed to have a powertrain, battery and a gasoline engine, all packed into one heavy bundle. It affects performance, torque and doesn’t achieve the EV status or be the best sports car it can be. The reason pushed them ahead to directly jump into electric vehicles which are expected to get launched from 2022 onwards.

They will engineer a platform that will support most of their cars and makes it easier to manufacture while keeping costs down. “The cars will feel and drive like Lotus,” they assured.

Lotus Elise 250 Special Edition Sheds Weight, Is Faster Than Before

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of its original manufacturing plant in Hethel, Norfolk, Lotus has launched a special edition for Elise 250.

With some modifications done to the components, the car has shed significant amount of weight. The special edition Lotus Elise 250 weighs 899 kilograms and the significant weight loss has enabled the car to set a new lap record in the test circuit. The designers have liberally used ample amounts of carbon fiber combined with aluminum components. The combination has led to a great amount of weight loss in the Lotus Elise 250 special edition.

In the new edition, carbon fiber is used to build the rear wing, front splitter, front access panel and even the sports seats used in the car. When such amount of the material is used, the team has managed to bring down the weight which in turn has contributed to increased acceleration and top speed of the Elise 250.

The Special Edition Elise 250 is powered by a 1.8-liter supercharged petrol engine and it uses a six speed manual gearbox system. The powertrain is capable of delivering up to 243 horsepower coupled with 250 Nm of torque.The car can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds. The top speed of the car is pegged at 154 miles per hour. It has managed to complete the Hethel circuit in a mere one minute thirty-four seconds.

The suspension system used in the special edition and the braking components are the same as the Cup 250. An interchangeable ESP system is provided in the car. Other connectivity features available in the Elise 250 anniversary edition is iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, air conditioner, better sound insulation to avoid leak along with cruise control. Some features might be provided as an add-on while others are provided in the base model.

The pricing of the Lotus Elise 250 special edition is on the higher side. The auto manufacturer has priced at £47,900. If you are looking forward to create a record by purchasing the most expensive Elise on sale, this is the model to go for. Even the posh Porsche 718 Cayman S is priced slightly more than what Lotus demands for this Elise version.

In the end, it is purely an individual choice based on your budget. If you love the brand and the lightweight model they offer with such performance, this is the one to opt for.