Last Lotus Elise Cup 250 Final Edition: From factory to delivery


The Lotus Elise Cup 250 Final Version rolled off the assembly line one very last time previously this 12 months. The Lotus manufacturing facility at Hethel, British isles, marked the conclusion of creation with a alternatively specific car or truck finished in a single-off Luminous Orange (RAL 2005). It will also go down in Lotus’ heritage ebook as the final hand-constructed automobile, the previous out of 62 Final Editions and the very last Elise Cup 250 all over the world. Hence, it was a particular day not just for people associated in the ‘Final Edition’ job but every and every single particular person who has toiled to develop some of the greatest sports automobiles on the earth.

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The owner of the final Elise Cup 250 was variety adequate to send us these illustrations or photos so that petrolheads from all around the earth can abide by the comprehensive assembly approach of the car or truck. We genuinely appreciate him sharing this established with us.

The Elise Cup 250 is primarily based on an extruded and bonded aluminium chassis (viewed in pic.1). As soon as it comes at the assembly line, the following stage is to install the firewall, followed by the motor, which is mounted transversely. You can clearly see the double-wishbone entrance suspension in these photos.

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Employees then start putting with each other the light-weight overall body panels, which in the case of the ultimate Elise Cup 250, went by way of a 14-step portray process. The consequence is the exceptionally luminous finish that we have been instructed, appears substantially brighter in man or woman. The color is encouraged by the Lotus Indy 500 autos from the 1960s.

The special build was lastly done and signed off by Lotus on February 28, 2022. Here’s the group from Lotus posing with the previous Elise Cup 250 Closing Version:

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In point, the paint finish is so special that Lotus has verified that it does not meet UV standards and will fade over time. Which is in which the industry experts at Topaz Detailing arrive into the image.

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We spoke to Gautam from Topaz to learn a lot more about the paint defense process and his team’s strategy of action for the task at hand:

“We are very first testing our PPF on a sample panel. As soon as happy with the stage of safety, we will commence to generate our have bespoke templates for the motor vehicle. Every panel of the automobile will ordinarily bear two/ three templates before we are pleased with the fitment and coverage. Prior to any application of PPF, the motor vehicle will endure a full decontamination wash and, in most scenarios, some paint correction. As soon as we are delighted with the final result, we will commence to match our bespoke patterns with our incredibly possess Paint Defense Film that has been generated exclusively for us.”

With the paint corrected for small blemishes and the PPF installed, Topaz then delivered the vehicle to Bell & Colvill (Horsley) Ltd. It was registered and acquired its unique plates – ‘F1NAL’, on April 29, in advance of becoming handed more than to the proprietor on May well 5, 2022. Tim Burton (Shmee150) was also present during the handover. You can test out the in-depth video clip more than on his Youtube channel.

Jamie Matthews – Revenue Director at Bell & Colvill, Chris and Tim posing with the previous Elise Cup 250:

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In my 14 decades at Bell and Colvill, I’ve never ever observed a paint get such a reaction from consumers and workers alike. – Jamie Matthews

Here’s a pic of the superb Elise Cup 250 Last Version with Andy Elliman, Team Chairman of Railsite Holdings and owner of Bell & Collvil jointly with the Bell & Collvil team. A historic day in truth for the dealership.

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“We’re pretty proud to hand more than the incredibly very last Elise Cup 250 off the Hethel production line. It appears fitting simply because we handed about the very 1st customer Elise S1. So to hand over the really very last Elise Cup 250 is a genuine bookend car or truck for us traditionally and a really sizeable minute for Lotus,” Jamie mentioned.

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It’s worthy of noting that Bell & Colvill is the oldest Lotus dealer and the largest retailer in Europe. It gained the vendor award for United kingdom and Europe in 2021.

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