The Lotus Elise Cup 250 Last Version rolled off the assembly line a single very last time previously this calendar year. The Lotus manufacturing facility at Hethel, Uk, marked the finish of creation with a relatively special auto finished in one particular-off Luminous Orange (RAL 2005). It will also go down in Lotus’ heritage guide as the last hand-built motor vehicle, the previous out of 62 Ultimate Editions and the previous Elise Cup 250 all over the world. Therefore, it was a special day not just for those associated in the ‘Final Edition’ venture but every single and every individual who has toiled to generate some of the greatest sports activities automobiles on the world.
The proprietor of the final Elise Cup 250 was variety ample to ship us these images so that petrolheads from all about the entire world can observe the entire assembly method of the vehicle. We seriously take pleasure in him sharing this established with us.
The Elise Cup 250 is primarily based on an extruded and bonded aluminium chassis (observed in pic.1). When it arrives at the assembly line, the next phase is to set up the firewall, followed by the motor, which is mounted transversely. You can evidently see the double-wishbone front suspension in these visuals.
Personnel then start off putting collectively the lightweight system panels, which in the case of the closing Elise Cup 250, went through a 14-move portray method. The consequence is the particularly luminous complete that we have been instructed, seems significantly brighter in human being. The color is impressed by the Lotus Indy 500 autos from the 1960s.
The particular establish was ultimately completed and signed off by Lotus on February 28, 2022. Here’s the group from Lotus posing with the previous Elise Cup 250 Remaining Version:
In reality, the paint complete is so special that Lotus has confirmed that it does not meet up with UV specifications and will fade in excess of time. That’s in which the specialists at Topaz Detailing come into the photograph.
We spoke to Gautam from Topaz to discover additional about the paint safety approach and his team’s program of action for the job at hand:
“We are 1st screening our PPF on a sample panel. The moment happy with the level of safety, we will commence to make our possess bespoke templates for the auto. Every single panel of the vehicle will ordinarily undertake two/ a few templates just before we are pleased with the fitment and protection. Just before any application of PPF, the car will undertake a whole decontamination clean and, in most scenarios, some paint correction. As soon as we are delighted with the final result, we will get started to suit our bespoke styles with our quite have Paint Security Movie that has been generated specifically for us.”
With the paint corrected for minor blemishes and the PPF set up, Topaz then shipped the auto to Bell & Colvill (Horsley) Ltd. It was registered and gained its special plates – ‘F1NAL’, on April 29, before currently being handed in excess of to the owner on May well 5, 2022. Tim Burton (Shmee150) was also current for the duration of the handover. You can check out out the thorough video clip in excess of on his Youtube channel.
Jamie Matthews – Income Director at Bell & Colvill, Chris and Tim posing with the past Elise Cup 250:
In my 14 yrs at Bell and Colvill, I have never ever noticed a paint get these kinds of a response from prospects and employees alike. – Jamie Matthews
Here’s a pic of the impressive Elise Cup 250 Ultimate Edition with Andy Elliman, Team Chairman of Railsite Holdings and proprietor of Bell & Collvil jointly with the Bell & Collvil group. A historic working day in truth for the dealership.
“We’re really proud to hand around the incredibly final Elise Cup 250 off the Hethel generation line. It appears fitting mainly because we handed above the very first consumer Elise S1. So to hand in excess of the quite previous Elise Cup 250 is a actual bookend motor vehicle for us traditionally and a really significant minute for Lotus,” Jamie explained.
It’s worthy of noting that Bell & Colvill is the oldest Lotus seller and the biggest retailer in Europe. It gained the seller award for British isles and Europe in 2021.