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.
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.
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.
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 claims that the newly revealed Exige Sport 380 is their most aggressive version yet.
The car is based on the Sport 350 but the newer edition is sleek, lighter and designed to offer an amazing performance with new aerodynamics.
The total weight of the car is pegged at about 1,066 kilograms but it is not the only option available. With Lotus, buyers always have the option to modify the vehicles as they like and a lightweight option will be provided that one could go for. Under the hood, a powerful 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine powers the model which is capable of delivering about 370 horsepower with 410 Nm of torque. The car can zoom from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds with a total top speed of 178mph. The pricing of the roadster edition is at £67,900 in UK while the company is yet to announce the cost of the coupe version.
Lotus is all about lightweight, fast cars and the newly revealed Exige Sport 380 is no different. The model uses a lot of carbon fiber materials in the front splitter, the rear diffuser, rear wing and the front access panel. The designers have shaved a lot of weight off the car allowing it to achieve maximum acceleration and top speed within the least possible time. It uses a lithium ion battery and grooved brake discs which further contribute to the reduced overall weight. The racing seats are made of equally light carbon fiber materials.
The newer model features a large petrol tank that can hold up to 48 liters and the powertrain can be mated to an automatic gearbox if you please. However, the base model will feature a manual gearbox setup. The brand has confirmed that they will introduce the automatic version in Spring 2017. Existing owners who purchased the current model may be able to upgrade their car to new gearbox at a later stage by paying additional costs. Lotus didn’t discuss on the same at the moment but we opine they would provide this option for their customers.
The Lotus Exige Sport 380 is capable of producing up to 140 kilograms of downforce at top speed and it is a significant upgrade, over 60 percent higher than the Sport 350. The car also features new paint colors, exhausts and visual changes that makes it appealing to those who are interested in buying it.