Lotus Builds 40,000th Model Based on Its Small Car Platform Since 1995
Lotus has celebrated the production of it a 40,000th model based on a very small car platform which was unveiled back in 1995 with the Elise. The model, which was a milestone for the company, represented the 20th Anniversary of the Elise S edition.
During the time of its launch, the small car was without a doubt one of the world’s most flexible and advanced in the world. That said Lotus went ahead and created several models which have been based on it. Some well known Lotus which have been build based on it are the Elise, Europa, Exige, 340R, the 2-Eleven and a number of racing variants.
With this platform, Lotus became the first car manufacturer to make use of bonded and extruded aluminum and as a result revolutionizing the industry.
The current times have seen many car manufacturers adopting this method when building their cars. That said Lotus has over the years been improving this formula, with its lightweight structure which was developed recently weighing a mere 68 kg, that’s approximately 150 lbs. The company’s small car platform underpins the company’s Exige and Elise models, while the same bonded and extruded aluminum is being used in the car manufacturer’s new model the Evora 400.
According to Lotus Group CEO, Jean-Marc Gales, “While a correlation exists between today’s platform and the first of the lightweight, bonded and extruded aluminum structures, it has altered radically. It remains a benchmark in light weight and efficiency and is as advanced and market-leading today as it was 20 years ago.”
“We are especially delighted that the 40,000th version of our small car platform will underpin, appropriately, an Elise 20th Anniversary model, the latest Elise model that celebrates our landmark achievements.”