Lotus has given a last hurrah for its long-running nameplate, the Elise sports activities automobile. The Elise Final Edition mannequin was launched in February, side-by-side with the Exige Remaining Version – all within the title of change and improvement throughout the Geely-owned firm.
Of word, the Elise and Exige will exit of manufacturing this yr, which can pave the way in which for the final gasoline-powered Lotus sports activities automobile, the Emira.
However when you assume the Elise will not dwell to see one other yr, you could be unsuitable. In reality, Lotus is prepared to promote the two-seater’s platform to different corporations.
That is in response to Lotus’ managing director, Matt Windle, and reported by Automotive Information Europe.
“If the best undertaking and the best accomplice got here alongside, I don’t see why not. It is a great automobile,” Windle stated speaking to Automotive Information Europe.
This is not the primary time that the British automaker has offered the tooling for its sports activities automobile. In 1973, Lotus offered the platform for its first sports activities automobile, the Seven, to Caterham. Caterham nonetheless builds the stated light-weight sports activities automobile to this present day however renamed because the Caterham 7.
At this level, Windle did not disclose if there’s any firm that is with the Elise’s tooling. Caterham, now owned by Japanese importer and distributor VT Holdings, might be one, whereas Radford, which introduced the arrival of its first Lotus-based sports car recently, might be one other.
Whichever the case, everyone knows that the Elise sports activities automobile and all of the light-weight enjoyable it represents deserves to maneuver ahead regardless of being in existence for 25 years. It is a great observe toy by way of and thru, and we might be delighted to see it with a brand new life even with a special title.