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connoisseurs of sports cars lotus to launch a new car for the first time in 11 years

Connoisseurs of sports cars; Lotus, to launch a new car for the first time in 11 years

The sports car maker will do what car makers do and launch an electric hypercar next month

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Dinesh Appavu

3 Jun 2019

The term carmaker is quite self-descriptive; an organisation that makes cars and sells them for a profit. It’s kind of difficult to achieve the latter if you don’t first fulfill the former; something Lotus has been struggling with.

Lotus makes some of the best driving and handling sports cars on the planet. Pure driving is the term they describe it with and we’re all fans of the cult. Problem is, they haven’t had a new model in 11 years. That’s about to change next month.

The 71-year-old British sports car maker will launch an all-new electric hypercar next month; marking its first new model since the Evora was launched way back in 2008 with the Nintendo DSi. Yes, it’s that long.

Nonetheless, with the injection of Geely capital now forming a catalyst for some extremely rapid development, the Type 130 will not only be a first under Geely but the first in over a decade as well.

It’ll be produced at Hethel, Norfolk, and limited to just 130 units. Details are understandably scarce; as they are for all hypercars these days. Nobody knows how it’ll look or even the pricing though a silhouette has been teased since the announcement at the Shanghai Auto Show a few months back.

Personally, we hope Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s lightweight and simplicity mantra continue even with the hypercar. Keeping poundage down with electric propulsion and the accompanying batteries will be asking much but with the funds for engineers to go crazy, it might be something revolutionary.

Interestingly, this won’t be the first electrified Lotus as the company did supply the Elise chassis to Tesla as the platform of the original Roadster.

Funding has always been the company’s Achilles heel that prevented the development of any new models. Granted, the current crop of products are still very much up there with the best of the business but by industry standards are way past their sell-by date.

The Type 130 will be unveiled in London on 16 July with production commencing right after and deliveries beginning in 2020 with shoot-outs following.