The Lotus Elise Cup 250 Final Version rolled off the assembly line 1 final time before this 12 months. The Lotus manufacturing facility at Hethel, Uk, marked the stop of manufacturing with a fairly unique car concluded in 1-off Luminous Orange (RAL 2005). It will also go down in Lotus’ background guide as the last hand-built motor vehicle, the very last out of 62 Final Editions and the last Elise Cup 250 around the globe. As a result, it was a distinctive working day not just for individuals included in the ‘Final Edition’ undertaking but every single and every man or woman who has toiled to make some of the best sporting activities cars on the world.
The proprietor of the final Elise Cup 250 was type ample to deliver us these photographs so that petrolheads from all about the globe can observe the finish assembly approach of the car. We seriously appreciate him sharing this set with us.
The Elise Cup 250 is dependent on an extruded and bonded aluminium chassis (witnessed in pic.1). The moment it arrives at the assembly line, the up coming move is to install the firewall, adopted by the motor, which is mounted transversely. You can evidently see the double-wishbone front suspension in these pictures.
Personnel then start out putting with each other the light-weight physique panels, which in the circumstance of the final Elise Cup 250, went by way of a 14-phase portray course of action. The consequence is the really luminous end that we’ve been instructed, appears a lot brighter in human being. The color is influenced by the Lotus Indy 500 cars from the 1960s.
The unique create was lastly done and signed off by Lotus on February 28, 2022. Here’s the team from Lotus posing with the previous Elise Cup 250 Remaining Version:
In reality, the paint end is so exceptional that Lotus has confirmed that it does not fulfill UV standards and will fade about time. That is exactly where the gurus at Topaz Detailing arrive into the picture.
We spoke to Gautam from Topaz to learn more about the paint security process and his team’s program of action for the process at hand:
“We are very first screening our PPF on a sample panel. At the time contented with the degree of defense, we will start out to generate our very own bespoke templates for the automobile. Just about every panel of the auto will commonly undergo two/ 3 templates prior to we are happy with the fitment and protection. In advance of any application of PPF, the motor vehicle will bear a comprehensive decontamination wash and, in most conditions, some paint correction. At the time we are delighted with the result, we will start off to match our bespoke styles with our very personal Paint Safety Film that has been produced specifically for us.”
With the paint corrected for insignificant blemishes and the PPF put in, Topaz then transported the auto to Bell & Colvill (Horsley) Ltd. It was registered and received its special plates – ‘F1NAL’, on April 29, just before getting handed above to the operator on May 5, 2022. Tim Burton (Shmee150) was also existing all through the handover. You can look at out the in depth movie over on his Youtube channel.
Jamie Matthews – Income Director at Bell & Colvill, Chris and Tim posing with the last Elise Cup 250:
In my 14 years at Bell and Colvill, I’ve never ever found a paint get these a response from clients and employees alike. – Jamie Matthews
Here’s a pic of the magnificent Elise Cup 250 Last Version with Andy Elliman, Group Chairman of Railsite Holdings and operator of Bell & Collvil together with the Bell & Collvil crew. A historic day without a doubt for the dealership.
“We’re pretty very pleased to hand over the quite past Elise Cup 250 off the Hethel manufacturing line. It looks fitting due to the fact we handed above the extremely initial consumer Elise S1. So to hand more than the very very last Elise Cup 250 is a real bookend auto for us historically and a incredibly major second for Lotus,” Jamie mentioned.
It is really worth noting that Bell & Colvill is the oldest Lotus supplier and the most significant retailer in Europe. It received the seller award for United kingdom and Europe in 2021.