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 Evora 400 Sheds More Weight With New Carbon Pack

Lotus Evora 400 is a lightweight car which sheds more weight with an all-new carbon pack.

With the new pack, the designers of the car have managed to reduce its original weight of 1,395 kilograms to 1,353 kilograms.

Buyers looking to buy the new Lotus Evora 400 can opt for the Carbon Pack as an additional component by paying £6,500. Instead of changing existing components which could bump up costs, the crew has managed to make use of the lighter components available in the car to reduce its weight. The parts that will be changed include the rear wing center, rear diffuser finisher, front splitter, roof panel, front access panel and wing mirror caps. Every one of these component is handmade which plays a crucial role in helping the model lose some weight.

A notable change is that the air conditioning system and the back seats are removed from the Lotus Evora 400 to install the carbon pack. However, it doesn’t cost you extra to have them back. Just specify them that you need it and the team will install it for you. With the pack, buyers gain a weight reduction up to 42 kilograms.

Further customization options provided by the automobile manufacturer include a lithium ion battery priced at £1,350 and a titanium exhaust which costs about £5,500. The overall pricing of the Evora 400 could go much higher when all the components are added. But, being completely optional, it is not going to deter buyers from going for the car. Only those who can spend to have these perks can go for it while others can opt for the base model with the carbon pack.

The Lotus Evora 400 is powered by a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine which delivers up to 365 horsepower. The car can accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds. These numbers are for the base model and when all the lightweight components are equipped in the car, we expect it to achieve the same distance in 4 seconds or lesser.

Lotus has been one of the very few manufacturers known for its lightweight cars. The Evora 400 is the lightest model in the segment but it didn’t make the brand happy and prompted them to further reduce its weight for a breezy ride.

“We have now given the opportunity to our customers to experience the best handling and driving experience with an even lighter car,” said Lotus boss.