As the Elise, Exige and Evora enter their final year of production, it’s time to make way for the new generation of Lotus models. Confirmed for 2021, a new series of Sports Cars, with prototype production of the Lotus Type 131 to commence this year from a world-class manufacturing facility in Hethel, Norfolk.

The new manufacturing investment is part of Lotus’ Vision80 strategy, which will also see the relocation of two Lotus sub-assembly facilities into one efficient central operation in Norwich city to support higher volumes.

To acknowledge the forthcoming family of performance cars, Lotus have released an image that hints at the new generation of products that will follow Elise, Exige and Evora - and a full programme of activities is planned to celebrate the current range of three sports cars, starting with the elder, the iconic Lotus Elise.

“This year will be hugely significant for Lotus with new facilities coming on stream, a new sports car entering production and new levels of efficiency and quality that only a new car design and factory can deliver. Despite the continuing global challenges, Lotus has emerged from 2020 strong and on track in the delivery of our Vision80 business plan.”says Lotus CEO Phil Popham.

Lotus have created multiple automotive legends over the last 73 years, and with the Evija Hypercar and the new upcoming Type 131 Sports Car, a new dawn of innovation and legend-making is breaking over Hethel.

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