The Lotus Elise Cup 250 Remaining Edition rolled off the assembly line 1 very last time before this year. The Lotus manufacturing unit at Hethel, United kingdom, marked the conclude of generation with a relatively special car finished in one-off Luminous Orange (RAL 2005). It will also go down in Lotus’ history e book as the last hand-developed motor vehicle, the previous out of 62 Remaining Editions and the last Elise Cup 250 globally. Therefore, it was a particular working day not just for individuals involved in the ‘Final Edition’ project but each and every and every single man or woman who has toiled to make some of the greatest sports activities cars on the planet.
The owner of the final Elise Cup 250 was variety more than enough to mail us these illustrations or photos so that petrolheads from all about the world can stick to the full assembly approach of the automobile. We definitely recognize him sharing this established with us.
The Elise Cup 250 is based mostly on an extruded and bonded aluminium chassis (found in pic.1). After it arrives at the assembly line, the following phase is to install the firewall, adopted by the engine, which is mounted transversely. You can plainly see the double-wishbone entrance suspension in these photographs.
Workers then get started placing alongside one another the light-weight entire body panels, which in the case of the ultimate Elise Cup 250, went by means of a 14-step portray approach. The outcome is the incredibly luminous complete that we’ve been instructed, appears much brighter in particular person. The colour is impressed by the Lotus Indy 500 autos from the 1960s.
The special establish was at last finished and signed off by Lotus on February 28, 2022. Here’s the team from Lotus posing with the past Elise Cup 250 Closing Edition:
In fact, the paint complete is so distinctive that Lotus has verified that it does not meet up with UV requirements and will fade about time. That’s wherever the experts at Topaz Detailing occur into the picture.
We spoke to Gautam from Topaz to master far more about the paint protection system and his team’s prepare of motion for the activity at hand:
“We are 1st tests our PPF on a sample panel. The moment pleased with the level of security, we will start out to develop our own bespoke templates for the motor vehicle. Just about every panel of the car or truck will generally go through two/ a few templates right before we are happy with the fitment and coverage. Before any software of PPF, the automobile will endure a complete decontamination wash and, in most situations, some paint correction. Once we are content with the end result, we will commence to in good shape our bespoke styles with our extremely individual Paint Protection Movie that has been made particularly for us.”
With the paint corrected for slight blemishes and the PPF put in, Topaz then delivered the vehicle to Bell & Colvill (Horsley) Ltd. It was registered and acquired its unique plates – ‘F1NAL’, on April 29, just before being handed about to the operator on Could 5, 2022. Tim Burton (Shmee150) was also current during the handover. You can verify out the detailed video clip about on his Youtube channel.
Jamie Matthews – Profits Director at Bell & Colvill, Chris and Tim posing with the final Elise Cup 250:
In my 14 a long time at Bell and Colvill, I’ve in no way seen a paint get these types of a response from prospects and staff alike. – Jamie Matthews
Here’s a pic of the superb Elise Cup 250 Final Edition with Andy Elliman, Team Chairman of Railsite Holdings and proprietor of Bell & Collvil with each other with the Bell & Collvil workforce. A historic day in truth for the dealership.
“We’re extremely proud to hand about the extremely previous Elise Cup 250 off the Hethel manufacturing line. It seems fitting for the reason that we handed more than the very to start with customer Elise S1. So to hand about the extremely very last Elise Cup 250 is a authentic bookend car for us traditionally and a incredibly substantial second for Lotus,” Jamie reported.
It is value noting that Bell & Colvill is the oldest Lotus supplier and the major retailer in Europe. It received the vendor award for Uk and Europe in 2021.